Our daughter is starting to exhibit weird behavior. For the last few days, she has been taking common, everyday items from around the house (e.g. books, a box filled with LiteBrite pieces, an egg she colored in school) and wrapping them in wrapping paper, tying them up in bows, then pretending that they’re gifts to her. Is this some desperate cry for help? Is she so starved for stuff that she’s creating an imaginary universe full of “gifts” from “friends” who care? I always suspected I’d drive her into therapy, but I never thought it would be over this trying-not-to-buy experiment.
Then to add to my guilt and bewilderment, she started asking some tough questions about the allowance we recently started giving her. She receives $.75 each week if she cleans her room once, cleans the playroom once, and then does normal stuff like get ready for school on time without my evil drill sergeant act. I made 3 little jars for her, and out of her allowance she puts a quarter in savings, a quarter in to give away to others, and a quarter in to spend. Today, after counting her big spending money, she said “but hey, I thought we weren’t buying anything? What am I going to do with all of this money?” The girl is racking up some serious dough–I don’t know how long I can hold her off!
I’m trying to teach a little financial and environmental responsibility here…what would you do?