About a year ago I got a little tired of the "buy me" whine. We decided that Princess would get an allowance and she could use that money to save for things she wanted.
Since starting this, other than books and a Wii game we all want, she has been in charge of her money (counting it, exchanging it, saving it, spending it). She has done quite an impressive job saving her money.
So far she has saved for and purchased:
Kit Kittredge with her accessories, hair brush and dog
Barbie Mermaid Falls Playset and an extra mermaid Barbie and baby mermaid to go with it.
Most recently she was saving for Barbie the dog owner with bathtub, but her desire for Lego Star Wars Wii was much stronger. Barbie the dog owner is on hold because she absolutely had to have this game.
I am rather impressed at her diligence in saving for the things she'd like to have. I hope that she is learning something in the process. Nobody ever taught me anything about money and I had to find out the hard way. This is just our first step, but I think it's a good one.
How do you handle the "buy me" whine?
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