Last month at Imani’s birthday party she received $50.00 in cash and a few gift cards. Everyday thereafter for about a week, she was determined to spend her money. She inquired if I had to go to Walmart everyday because she said I needed to get something. What was I supposed to get? She didn’t know. When she realized I wasn’t biting she asked me where her money was and insisted that I show it to her.
Eventually she stopped asking. On the occasion I took her with me to Walmart she would make hints about something that she “needed.” Last weekend the weather was really nice. My cousins (a boy and girl the same ages as Imani and Ian) were over for the day. I took the girls to Walmart while the boys stayed home and played outside.
I let them pick out hula hoops for them and balls for the boys. Imani seemed to be happy with this purchase. Until…
Imani~”Mommy, did you spend my birthday money on this stuff?”
Me~”No Sweetie, I still have your money in a safe place at home.”
Imani~”Well when do I get to spend it?”
Me~”We’ll have to find something special to do with your birthday money.”
I actually have no clue how I want her to spend the money. I do not want her to spend it on random toys that she will play with for a hot second.
What do you do with your kids birthday money?