Daddy Tax

Taxation Without Representation.” America fought for its independence over that issue.  Remember the Boston Tea Party (we’ll I don’t expect you to remember being there, I mean from history class)?  But when it comes to food and my kids I tax without representation.  Little guy wants a cookie?  Sure I’ll get him one.  But he’ll get it with a bite missing – Daddy Tax.  Make a chocolate milk for our oldest?  No problem.  But you’ll see the glass isn’t filled up all the way – Daddy Tax.  The kids get no say in the matter.  If you need Daddy’s help to get a snack then you will have to surrender to the Daddy Tax.

The kids understand this tax.  They hem and haw sometimes but it’s all in good fun.  And I understand the fine line in the sand that if crossed, could mean revolution.  If I take the tax too far the kids no longer trust me to get them a snack.  Then I lose out on my Daddy Tax.  No more revenue!  And of course they complain.

I could make the case that I’m helping with portion control.  After all I’m eating up some of the snack calories they would be getting.  Maybe I’m teaching them that there’s a cost to to getting help?  In economics terms this could be a transactions cost.  But that’s not really the case.  I just want a bite of that cookie or a sip of that chocolate milk!

Reminds me, the kids are due for a snack (mmm, chocolate chip cookies)!

Is there a Daddy Tax in your home?

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About Glen

Glen is married and the father to four children that he spends the day chasing as a stay-at-home-dad. He took an interest in personal finance when he realized most of his paycheck was going toward credit card bills. Since then he's eliminated his credit card debt and started on a journey towards financial freedom.

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  1. Dang! I though I invented the Daddy Tax.

    I use it differently though. If the kids bring home something they get for themselves like chips or Halloween candy then I sometimes charge a Daddy Tax simply because I want some.

    It’s not really a tax if I provide the raw materials and/or the finished goods. It’s more like an income tax.

  2. Eric Nakagawa says:

    My daughter will soon realize I levy all Snacks!