"Mama: Why can't I go to the petting zoo?"
Some schools or daycares just don't let up on the endless "optional" offerings: the pizza party for $7, the school tee for $10 or the petting zoo for $5. Then, there are larger requests: yearbooks for elemtary kids for $30 or a mid-week family camping trip for $100 per adult (so, wait: I'm going to pay for daycare, then I will take days off from work, and then I will pay still for my kid to go camping then for me to camp with him? Holy wow). I cannot keep up; these costs add up across multiple kidlets.
While this is the reality, it can be sad. Tonight, my boy said: "Mama, why can't I go to the petting zoo?" Well, we just don't have another $5 for you to pet the goats that they are bringing into the school yard tomorrow.
What else are you going to do?