Shopping Can Be A Learning Experience
Last weekend, my mom and I packed the girls up into the SUV for a little trip to the mall. I emptied the girls’ piggy banks and promised them that they could buy something with their money. Lala has begun learning the value of money (in a very introductory sense) and I thought this would be a great exercise for her. Before we left, I told her I wanted her to think of some ideas of things she’d like to buy with her money (4 dollars: Lala; 3 dollars: Rora). And then, I told her about the value of saving her money, gave her the option to save, and told her examples of different things she could buy and the price ranges they fell in. By the time we left, her little brain was definitely working hard trying to analyze all of the information I’d given her.
We went to Deals first, thinking they’d be able to get more “bang for their buck” aka find something in their price range. We meandered the halls and Lala became pretty insistent that she was just going to save her money to buy something bigger later (while trying to convince her little sister or mimi to buy the things she thought were great). Rora, on the other hand, followed behind the cart with a knockoff pillow pet (we already have 2) and 3 identical plush animals (which I later hid to keep them from coming home with us).
Before long, Lala’s resolution to save was busted when we came upon the Halloween aisle with princess dress up things. In less than 4 minutes, she had spent all 4 dollars – a pink wig, wings, tutu skirt, and a crown.
Rora, on the other hand, got distracted…
She thought it was awesome, but not awesome enough to use all three of her dollars. Instead, she chose a package of baby wipes (she’s a baby wipe fanatic) and some candy.
I have to say, their purchases were very fitting for their individual personalities.
That, and Rora was one of the cleanest toddlers EVER by the end of that day… and Mimi’s car looked like a baby wipes container had exploded.