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?
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