Yes, we went to the circus last Saturday. A. put on her fuzzy leotard and her tights (which, let me tell you, is a miracle because that girl reFUses to wear tights all winter. She has issues with how the seams feel on her toes and such; but — really, who can blame her?) because she wanted to look like one of the acrobats. I did convince her that
we she might need to put a skirt on over this ensemble, so that no one would mistake her for one of the actual circus performers. (Yes, definitely, shades of Jacqui from over at In the Life of a Child. I love reading about her escapades). A. agreed, and then proceeded to load her very own .95 in her teeny tiny little skirt pocket.
I just got her this bank, because the child is ripe to learn about money management. And I know I’ve got to start teaching those lessons before it’s too late. This is a bank that actually has separate slots for money you want to save, spend, donate, and invest. She completely got me the other day when she was the one who remembered to contribute her own 20 pennies to her school’s Make a Difference Day fund drive for AIDS orphans in Africa. I think I ordered the bank online that very night. She’s very excited. She has cleaned out every couch cushion and junk drawer looking for spare change to feed the pig.
Now I don’t do actual allowance yet. And everything she wants is so darned expensive; it feels a little overwhelming to break down financial lessons into ones that are bite-sized and not completely soul-killing to a six-year-old who just wants to buy something sparkly with her own money.
All this to say, she didn’t get to spend her .95 at the circus because of course we all know that the sparkly things at the circus cost $20. I guess that is an important lesson learned that I hope didn’t kill off too much childhood innocence. How are we supposed to teach in this environment, people?! Instead she munched on the Halloween candy and Cheetos I had stuffed in the diaper bag and marveled at the noisy spectacle that is the circus. (Mom, look…DOGS! … Irony.)
we’ll she’ll be practicing spending money at yard sales, dollar stores, and Aldi because I am frugal, and it pains me to let a 6-year-old child take her first steps into money management with a $20 bill. Silver lining, Sunday afternoon she found a Halloween “haunted” gingerbread house in the clearance bin at Aldi for .50. Just the perfect thing I consider too frivolous to spend my own .50 on, but holds infinite value and attraction for hers. She bought. She built. She bit.
Anyone who’s been there got any tips for me?