So yesterday I picked Caileigh up from school and took her to use her Starbucks gift card on a hot chocolate. Yes, you heard me right, my 5 year old daughter got a Starbucks gift card as a birthday present. She absolutely loves their hot chocolates and we are trying to explain the value of money management to her so she doesn't make the same mistakes we have made.
On the way to Starbucks:
C:Mom, can I get a snack too? I am hungry.
Me: Well honey, Mommy used our play money up the other day to get us a slushy. We have to wait until next week for more play money. Can you wait until we get home?
C:I guess, but then how are we buying the hot cocoa?
Me: With your gift card, you still have money on it.
C: Then can I use the rest of the money to buy a snack? Then we don't have to use our money! It's like free money!!!
Oh, if only it were that simple. :)
So after our drive thru at Starbucks we went to Mardels, a wonderful Christian store here. It's like Sams is to Walmart; Mardels seems to have an amazing selection over some other smaller stores. We like to go and sit in the childrens' area and look at all the new things. On our way out we saw a sight that interested and perplexed Caileigh.
C: Mom, look at those girls! They have pink stripes in their hair!!! That's weird.
C:Mom, when I get older, like 10 can I put pink in my hair? Pink is one of my favorite colors.
M: (not wanting to start opening that issue) Well honey, lets see how things go when we get to that point. Okay?
C:Okay, what about doing it now? I could look like Lady Lovelylocks (yes, I had that book as a child and have passed it on to her)
M:Well, you need to ask your Daddy about that one. This is a pretty big thing so both Mommy and Daddy need to agree on it together or the answer is no.
C:Well I don't want to ask Daddy first. Let's do it and then tell him.
M:laughing-Nope you need to ask him first, those are the rules.
C: Well, I can just wait until I am older and then I can do it anyways.
Kids say the darndest things!