Before going to the supermarket, I'll ask my daughters if they need anything for their bathroom: shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste. The other day my oldest said, "Mom, I need mousse."
"Uh-huh," I answered and she walked off. After she left, I thought, "Why am I buying her mousse?"
|Do I pay for the mousse?|
Earlier in the year, I informed my oldest that if she wanted to hang out with friends, she pays. She didn't like it at first but adjusted when she realized her friends were also paying their way. Recently, I told her she had to buy her own junk food. As such, she doesn't accompany me to the supermarket anymore. I suppose those treats were an incentive.
So now, the newest is mousse. I feel it is important to fit in at school and her hair is wild. The mousse keeps it tame but it's not a necessity. I know the mousse is a simple thing but in perspective shouldn't she be learning to pay for her way? And what other extras does she feel she need?
I would love to hear your opinion - and FYI, yes, my kids get a small allowance and my oldest works.