Marshmallow Test

N tried to administer the marshmallow test to Klara but it failed miserably because this kid is too smart.

“Would you like me to buy you a little unicorn toy today or a big one tomorrow?” he asked.

“I don’t want you to spend too much money, Daddy,” Klara said. “You need to save. It’s important to save money and not spend everything on toys.”

This is the perfect thing to say to get N to buy both unicorns, of course.

With me she took a different tack. I’m not into saving, so she found a different method.

“Why do you need yet another unicorn toy?” I asked. “You already got a collection of them for your birthday.”

“I’m going to name her Union, mommy,” Klara explained. “I don’t have any toys called Union.”

I’m into unions like N is into saving so it was a brilliant strategy.

3 thoughts on “Marshmallow Test

  1. Union? I thought that would excite N more. “She’s getting into set theory! And she’s only four!”


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