At the end of every quarter, my kids’ school holds a book fair. They get the kids excited about it for weeks prior. My daughter came home yesterday with a list of five books she wanted to get. This is huge for my daughter who has dyslexia. Usually she wants to buy pens or posters and I have to force her to get at least one book. So without hesitation, I told her “Sure, we can get them. Let’s get them all!”
And then I remembered my challenge. I went back-and-forth debating whether or not I should bend just this once because how can you say no to kids and books. But this is part of my struggle. I always find a way to justify the things that I purchase even though I shouldn’t. To be honest, she has quite a number of books that she has only read past the first chapter if that!
Luckily, I remembered that her grandmother gave her a gift card for getting all As last quarter. So I told her, “Woudn’t it be cool if you used your gift card to buy whatever you want during lunch time or recess?” She liked this suggestion and quickly agreed to it. I think she like the idea of having a fake credit card to use in front of her friends which is something else I probably should address in the future.
So technically I am not buying anything and bring it into our home. However, stuff will still be entering our home so I may have broken my rule a little bit. But in this case, I think I made a good compromise. Now I just have to figure out what I’m going to tell my son when he asked to go to the book fair. He’s already asking about what happened to his book I got from target the other day! Whoops!