For a couple of months, Brent and I have been tossing around the idea of starting Lillian on an allowance. She is constantly asking for things in the store and has to hear, "Did you bring your own money?" everytime. She has robbed her piggy bank now and again when she just "has to have it" but that isn't the point of her piggy bank. Finally, the timeless act of learning how to manage money has begun. We discussed the amount she would get every Friday for simply being a member in our household. That means picking up toys, taking care of the cat, and anything else we need her to do. She has 3 containers for her money labeled Save, Spend, and Church. Then, she can earn extra money by doing chores that are above and beyond normal 4 year old living. For Brent, that means paying her to do his dreaded chore of putting away laundry. For me, that means paying her to hold a bottle for Lucas so I can get ready. Yeah, she is learning something- Mom and Dad are suckers when it comes to finding ways to get out of our own chores.