It does get a bit better when your child is older because they have a clearer understanding of needs versus wants. My kids still ask for things, and if they truly want it, they have to figure out a way to earn all or part of the money for the item in question if I do not feel it is a need.
The Daisy Girl Scout Making Choices leaf is all about teaching the girls about needs versus wants.
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Step 1 Find Out the Difference Between Needs Versus Wants
Pictures cut out of magazines or printed off the internet of needs (houses, food, clothing) and wants (toys, a swimming pool, a television). They should be large in size so the girls can see it easily.
Sit the girls in a circle and ask what they think they need to live. How is that different from things they want? (you need a house, you do not need a Barbie car).
Show each picture. Have the girls stand up if it is a want and stay seated if it is a need. Ask why they made the choices they did.
Step 2 Try Setting a Goal and Saving for What You Want
- Goal chart (search for one that you like online)
- Crayons or markers
Ask the girls to think about one thing they want to buy but have not earned the money for it yet. Talk about ways to achieve that goal. Can they do chores around the house or save money from birthdays or holidays?
Have the girls color around the goal chart and write the name of what they want at the top. At home they can find out how much the item costs and then start working towards that goal.
Step 3 Help Others With What They Need and Want
Ask the girls to imagine what they feel like when they are hungry. Is it a good feeling? How do they feel if they are wearing shoes that are too small-can they run and play like they do if they are wearing shoes that fit?
Talk about children who may be lacking in the basics that the girls take for granted. How can they help?
List their ideas and vote on one to work on. Inform the parents that for the next meeting you will collecting items for the organization the girls want to donate to. Remember to contact them prior to the meeting so they do not forget.