(Dear faithful reader, I have a question for you at the end of this post – I’d love to hear your thoughts!)
Lyd has been really into money lately. She loves to count the handful of coins in her piggy bank, and she likes the idea of having money to spend. The girls and I took a walk around our neighborhood on Sunday afternoon, and we discovered two young boys selling a few of their toys on the sidewalk, trying to earn money for ice cream. (I’m sure there was a story behind that! :)) Anyway, there’s a toy, a large plush flower, that one of the boys encourages Lyd to buy, with some rudimentary salesman skills. We didn’t have any money with us, but the boy insists that he’ll sell this flower to Lyd for one penny. (Apparently his rudimentary salesman skills need work!)
Lyd asks me if she could use her money to buy it, and I say yes. So, after we finish our walk, she gets her money, we walk back to the boys’ house, and she buys the flower. However, I make her give him more than a penny; she gives him a dime, too. The boys had given Jujubee a Cheerios book for free, so I give Jujubee a dime to give to the boys for the book, too. The boys seemed very happy with their sale, as are the girls.
JJ is in Las Vegas right now for pastors’ conference. Tonight I was explaining to Lyd what Las Vegas is famous for, and as part of that, I explained gambling to her. I told her gambling was playing games for money. “Oh! Can I do that?” she instantly said. She wants money. 🙂
It’s interesting, because I have been thinking for a while about starting her on some kind of allowance, but I’m not sure how to do it. I have a few ideas, but I’m not quite sure what would be best. I did not have an allowance growing up, so I can’t draw from my own childhood experience.
So, if you, dear reader, would be so kind, I’d love to hear what YOU do with your children. Do you give them an allowance? How much? How often? And how old were they when you started?
Thanks so much!