They each get $3.00 to spend. It takes them a while to choose only three things each from the number of things they want. But, the rule never changes. Three is the limit. I don't think a time has passed that the eight year old tries to talk me into 'just one more' item. Nope. Three it is.
I don't do this to be mean. I do it to help them grow into the independent adults they will be before we know it. Knowing some things have limitations in life is a lesson that is easier to learn as a child. Making personal choices - such as which items to choose- creates a strong and healthy mind. Another thing that our grands will not have to deal with is the emotions that come with an entitlement mentality.
While they pushed around a cart together I chose some silk flowers for an arrangement on my dresser. I spent $6.00 on four silk flower bunches, one round glass vase, and a bag of clear marbles. The marbles were to, hopefully, hold the stems in place in the vase. Thankfully it was a good choice.
When my daughter came to pick up her boys, I showed her what I purchased. After, of course, her boys displayed their bounty. She sarcastically thanked me for letting them each choose a three liter of soda then told me my vase wasn't flat on the bottom. She was right. Well, it's from the dollar store so I didn't expect perfection.
After I created the bouquet, I placed the vase on a cloth coaster. There we go, problem solved.
This picture doesn't do the arrangement justice. It is a subtle addition to the room. The bedroom is the only room that has any feminine touches in it. The rest of the house is furnished in darker tones.