I was talking with a friend today and she mentioned that she couldn't take her kids shopping because it was too expensive. If she bought something for one child (Including clothes, blankets, school supplies, etc) then she had to buy something for the others or she'd feel she was playing favourites. Her kids are quite young and are not asking her for anything to 'even things up'.
I thought this was really strange tbh. I take DS and DD shopping with me all the time and things are bought on the basis of need and behaviour. If DS needs more clothes, shoes, books, etc then he gets them. If DD needs slippers or pj's or another sippy cup then she gets them. Toys and treats are bought depending on whether DS has been behaving well (DD is only 17 months so 'good' behaviour' in public is a little far reached for her) and I always make sure it's a treat, not an expected thing because I don't want to be having to deal with meltdowns if I literally cannot afford to get an ice block and I just went in to get milk I haven't ever noticed either of my kids being jealous of the other for something non food related (DD gets very upset if DS has something nice and she doesn't and vice versa, which is fair enough). But the thought that I would have to buy DS a toy every time I went clothes shopping for DD is just a bit OTT to me.
Does anyone else feel the need to buy everything in two's, three's, etc to be fair to their kids?