Going to Target with Laura can be a challenge. She wants almost everything that she sees. My usual strategy is to let her pick something from the dollar section after we are done shopping as long as she behaved the entire time. A dollar seems like a fair price for a peaceful shopping trip.
Today’s trip went a little differently. We were in the hair accessory section, a danger zone with a 4 year old. Despite owning practically a Claire’s boutique of clips, headbands, and barrettes, Laura really wanted a princess headband more than anything else in the whole wide world.
I was time crunched with Jung sitting in the car with a sleeping Jason. I didn’t want to give in to her request, but I didn’t want to have a storming Laura on my hands. My solution: Laura could have the headbands, but she would have to pay me $5 for them from her piggy bank when we got home. She agreed to the terms, and we finished our shopping.
This experience has left me feeling unsettled. I don’t want to keep buying things for Laura. I want her to learn to value and save money. I’m just not sure the best approach to take.
What tools and techniques have you used to teach your children about money?