You’re in the supermarket with the kids and apart from them sneaking a pack of biscuits into the basket – that you are well aware of – they have been well behaved.
That is, until you get to the check out and the children are faced with everything they’ve ever wanted and more: stickers, chocolate, trading cards, mini figures and sweets – all at child eye level. You’re so nearly out of the woods – you can see the sliding doors but the kinder egg, excessively priced magazine with free plastic figure are causing trouble….
It doesn’t have to be that way!
Getting into a pocket money routine and making your children take control of their own pennies and pounds can help reduce pester power and teach some great lessons in money management. Encouraging your kids to take decisions as to what they do with their money will make them think much more about the opportunity cost.
This means that when you’re in the supermarket and they want to get something, you can help them check how much pocket money they have (which is why we designed the Roosterbank app) and then it’s up to them as to whether they want to spend their hard earned pocket money there and then, or whether they would prefer to save it for something bigger.
What’s your experience with supermarket showdowns? Please share them in the comments.