Kaia told me on the drive to school yesterday morning, that she wanted to be rich. "Don't you want to be rich mom?" "No," I answered, "I just want to have my bills paid off." She thought about this for a bit. Then she asked, "How much money do you need to be rich?"
Ahh, how do I answer such an ambiguous question to a 5 year old? More importantly, how do I help her see life is not all about money. I answered thoughtfully, "It isn't how much money you have that makes you rich. It's how much money you spend." Realizing that was a little too philosophical for a 5 year old, I clarified by saying, "Someone could have lots and lots of money, but if they are always spending that money and spending more than they have, they will never be rich. But, someone could have less money, and if they didn't spend very much, they could be considered rich."
The answer satisfied her, but how about you? What do you think?