When we only have 1 kid, we would normally go out on weekends as J was scared that K would be suaku. We would normally let K ride the kiddy rides if they are available, but would not put money in, instead trying to educate her (uselessly) that putting money in is not worth it.
I would always feel sad when K looked longingly at other kids on moving (paid) kiddy rides. She would sometimes scamper to board the kiddy ride after the other kid had left, and asked me how come there was no more electricity (as the ride no longer moved).
Later on, I decided to do the following:
- give K her own pocket money
- $1 per week for every year of age. Since K was 3 yrs old then, she gets $3 a week.
- I round up every transaction to $1, as it is easier for her 3 yr old brain to understand.
- If it is a transaction I approve of, e.g. buying from NTUC, I will round the amount down (e.g. $3.60 become $3)
- If it is a transaction I do not approve, e.g. buying from vending machine, I will round up.
- K can do whatever she wants with her money (to teach her responsibility and power of $$).
- e.g. if we go out for a family meal and she rejects the family meal and want to order ice cream instead, she can. She will pay for her ice cream though.