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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Unbelievably proud

The girls' school is raising money for hurricane relief. They asked that each child bring $1, which would make the school's contribution over $500. Yesterday when we were talking about it, Maxine said, "I want to give $5. And I want to use my OWN money."

She's been saving her money for about a year now. She's enjoying thinking of the things she might be saving for, but she's not yet set a goal on the amount or exactly what she might want.

When she said she wants to use her own money for this, I was proud. And I was tickled when she said, "FINALLY, I get to spend some of my money."

I offered to match her $5 with five of my own. She declined. But I'm wondering, how do you reward behavior like this? Take her out for ice cream? Or do I just acknowledge it and let her realize the real reward is knowing that somehow she made a difference?

posted by Laura at 6:20 AM |


Commented by Blogger bobo:

Definitely get her the ice cream! May I suggest some Ben & Jerry's?

2:50 PM 
Commented by Blogger Random and Odd:

I'm so proud of her. Alyx did the same thing. It was only a dollar, but she was proud of herself.

9:27 AM 

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