For about the past week or so, my son has asked me a number of questions related to death and money.
First he asked “daddy, what happens to your money when you die?” I told him that if a person has money, they have to use the money to pay for their funeral, to pay up all of their bills and then they give the rest to family members. He probed by asking if Granny left me any money when she died. I told him Granny didn’t have a lot of money but that we used it to pay for her funeral and her bills and that only a small amount was left. He seemed satisfied with that answer.
A few days later he asked “daddy how much money are you going to give me when you die?” I laughed and asked what he thought I had any money to give him? I explained that it was my goal to spend my money and to enjoy it while I was alive. That I would leave enough to pay for my funeral but that as a grown man it is his responsibility to get an education and good paying job so that he could have his own money. I think he understood that and went about his business talking about how rich he is going to be. And while I thought this strange, I figured ok. He is just processing death.
Today he asked me “daddy when do you think you are gonna die?”
And I just looked at him and told him I expect to be around for a long time.
Why is my child trying to figure out a path to my money?
Do I have to now worry about whether my child will try and kill me in order to get access to the resources he thinks I have?
Is this normal?