The Daily Disney, part of the Orlando Sentinel, has some thoughts on souvenir shopping with kids. Says Kristin Ford, author the website’s A Mom and the Mouse column,
When they’re little, it seems easier because parents set the limits in simple terms. They can allow the child a choice among a few items and then say the spending is done.
The question then is whether that approach is appropriate when kids are a little older — say, in elementary school. There are certainly more questions, debates and pleading at that age, and it’s time to introduce the concept of a budget. The traditional approach is to give each child a set amount of money and the freedom to spend however the child chooses.
This article got me thinking. I’ve been pretty lucky so far. My seven-year old is the type of kid who rarely asks for anything and up until now the twins weren’t old enough to care, but I’m thinking that on our next trip in December, the twins are going to start asking and then, I’m going to need a plan. What about you? Do you have a strategy or do you just figure it’s a vacation, why not splurge? Leave a comment and let us know.
You can read the rest of Kristin’s column here.
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