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The Power of Making Choices

In a recent Family Storytime, I announced that we would read about money. A mother, holding her baby, literally gasped. I know that it might seem strange to talk or read about money to very young and even, not so young children. Whether we talk to them or not, they are already gathering information and forming opinions. Research has shown that, just like reading and books, your children are looking to you when it comes to money. Giving them the opportunity to practice making choices is a good first step.

Allow your child to choose their clothes, their breakfast or even what you'll do that day. I find that giving children a choice can even make the day easier. For the most part, they are happier having a voice in their day. It is important to remember that your child might get overwhelmed with too many choices. The choosing will go more smoothly if they only have 2-3 options. Talk about their choices and praise them for making good choices. It's also okay to make mistakes. Like Nina in That Makes Me Mad, children will make the wrong choice and get mad about it. Talk it out and acknowledge their feelings.

For preschoolers, you can start to make the direct connection to money by allowing them to choose one item to buy at the dollar store. The more practice children have when they are small means they will be ready to make the big choices as they get older. Should I buy the flashy sports car or buy the dependable economy car? Should I pay my rent or buy these new shoes or new gaming system? There's a lot of power in making good choices so it's important to start early...especially when it comes to money.

Check out the books and resources below for more fun with choices!


Amazon Says: Nina has had enough! What makes Nina mad? Lots of things--lots of little, everyday things, frustrations that all children will recognize. But Nina knows how to speak h more...
Amazon Says: Nina has had enough! What makes Nina mad? Lots of things--lots of little, everyday things, frustrations that all children will recognize. But Nina knows how to speak her mind and that makes her feel much better. In a series of humorous vignettes, Hilary Knight, the artist who brought the enormously successful Eloise to life, applies his magic to a text by veteran children's book writer Steven Kroll, and brings to life a spunky character who will show young readers how to articulate their feelings. less...
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I Call My Hand Gentle by Amanda Haan
Amazon Says: Look at your hand. It can hit, or it can hug. It can break, or it can tickle. . . . What can you do with your hand? Illuminating this seemingly simple idea with a vibran more...
Amazon Says: Look at your hand. It can hit, or it can hug. It can break, or it can tickle. . . . What can you do with your hand? Illuminating this seemingly simple idea with a vibrant palette and bold graphics, a first-time author and illustrator team encourage readers to look at the many things their own two hands are capable of. Touching on themes of peace, violence, and responsibility, this provocative and strikingly-illustrated book sends an upbeat message that readers of all ages will want to pass along. less...
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Too Princessy! by Jean Reidy
Amazon Says: TOO CIRCUSY, TOO CLOWNY, TOO PRINCESSY, TOO CROWNY! It's a rainy day, but not a single toy in the toy box seems fun enough for our adventuresome little girl. She tries everyt more...
Amazon Says: TOO CIRCUSY, TOO CLOWNY, TOO PRINCESSY, TOO CROWNY! It's a rainy day, but not a single toy in the toy box seems fun enough for our adventuresome little girl. She tries everything from trucks to telescopes, puzzles to pianos, but nothing does the trick until she lets her creative sparks fly. In the spirit of the first two charmers, Too Purpley! and Too Pickley!, Reidy's sprightly text is again beautifully illustrated with Leloup's stylish art. Preschoolers will love to see and say all the games and toys the little girl tries, and adults will appreciate the celebration of imagination that is the best solution of all. less...
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Amazon Says: A stick or a stone?A cat or a dog?Rain or snow?Which would you rather be? more...
Amazon Says: A stick or a stone?A cat or a dog?Rain or snow?Which would you rather be? less...
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It's Bedtime! by Brigitte Weninger
Amazon Says: It's bedtime, but Ben refuses to settle down for the night. Mother offers him his sweetest stuffed animals for comfort. But Ben rejects them all. he knows just what he needs a more...
Amazon Says: It's bedtime, but Ben refuses to settle down for the night. Mother offers him his sweetest stuffed animals for comfort. But Ben rejects them all. he knows just what he needs and, much to Mother's surprise, opts for his scariest monster doll who will surely protect him through the night. Here's an offbeat bedtime story that captures a child's logic and humorous, if unexpected, wisdom. less...
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When a Monster Is Born by Sean Taylor
Amazon Says: When a monster is born, there are two possibilities... each episode in this comical story presents a choice between absurd alternatives ("Either it sits quietly and does its h more...
Amazon Says: When a monster is born, there are two possibilities... each episode in this comical story presents a choice between absurd alternatives ("Either it sits quietly and does its homework . . . or it eats the Principal"), followed by an equally absurd--and frequently unexpected-- outcome ("If it sites quietly, that's that. But if it eats the Principal, there are two possibilities..."). A subversive and satisfying take on "What if . . . ?" illustrated in bright pick-me-up colors, When a Monster is Born will have readers imagining unlikely stories of their own--and laughing out loud. less...
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