It's a rare window of time in your child's life. It could be a matter of months, even weeks. It's the time before you child understands the business model of the dollar store.
During this time you can take advantage of this fact and become a larger-than-life hero to that kid. Take your child window shopping. Go to lots of stores. Whet his or her appetite to buy. Point out things in windows. Check out items on shelves.
Refuse to buy anything. Then, when the kid is salivating with consumer desire, go to a Dollar Store and announce, "This is the last place we are shopping today. You can buy ANYTHING in the store."
You will seem like the Lord of Largesse.
Your child will squeal with delight. Enjoy this. In a few weeks, this kid will understand the meaning of the dollar store and may even be resentful that you tried to pawn yourself off as a big spender.
Till then, enjoy that moment of being the most generous, indulgent parent there ever was.
(As you get older, you can share the joy of shopping at these stores by dancing to this song):
Mark Morelli is a New York Times Bestseller reader.