Lily and Rose had just cleaned the playroom, so I gave them coins for Princess Pig. I reminded Lily that when she earned enough coins, she could go buy something with her (and technically Rose’s) money. I asked her what she wanted to buy.
Me: Oh, fake food to feed your dolls?
Lily: No, I want to buy food for the fridge. We are almost out. We need more milk for Rose.
Me: Oh, that’s very sweet, but Daddy and I will buy more food for the fridge. You don’t need to use your Princess Pig money for that.
Lily: Rose is almost out of milk. I want to buy her more milk with my money. We can’t run out of milk. She needs her milk!
At dinner, I had poured the last of one jug of cow’s milk into Rose’s cup. (Lily has a dairy allergy so does not drink cow’s milk– which is why this was ROSE’S milk and not Lily’s.) She must have seen this and gotten worried about her sister.
Me: We aren’t out of milk. Daddy bought more milk yesterday. See? We have a whole new carton in the fridge. Daddy and I will always make sure there’s enough milk.
Lily: I still want to buy food with my money. We are almost out.
I guess I need to go to the grocery store?
It’s the sweetest and most selfless thing ever that she wanted to take care of our family. I suppose this would be one way to teach her about money, but I refuse to take my 4 year old’s chore coins to buy groceries when it isn’t necessary! Though maybe I should since she wants me to? What do you all think?