Sarah lives in Edmonton with her 11 year old son Sam. For a number of weeks he’d been saving up his allowance to buy a pokemon game. He was $6 away.
One day, Sam had a truly tough day at school. He came home discouraged, and no amount of talking could bring him out of his mood. Sam asked his mom to lend him the $6 he needed so that he could go to the store and get the game, to help him feel better.
Sarah thought about it, and decided against it. Her reasoning was two-fold:
– she didn’t want her son, at 11, to get accustomed to borrowing money to gratify a desire for a purchase item
– she didn’t want her son to look towards buying something as a means of feeling better about unrelated events.
To her surprise, most of her friends responded negatively. They thought for $6, if he could have been cheered up, Sarah should have forked over. Sam’s grandfather in fact, differed enough that he bought the game for Sam (somewhat to Sarah’s annoyance).
What do you think? How would you have handled this?