I think living comfortably and making bank were synonymous. My preference would be the comfort + money as opposed to paycheck-to-paycheck for several reasons, but mostly concerning some aspect of time and possibility.
In both scenarios there was a choice and an associated sacrifice. The sacrifice as I interpreted it, was either in form of pay or social interaction.
I also like the idea of using this question as a training exercise for children. Many engaging learning experiences come after requesting input. It’s certainly an out of the box method to help build deductive reasoning skills.
When I was 9 I was asked to read a passage out of a paper and then describe what was said and infer what was not said, why items may not have been mentioned, who had to gain/lose, … reading between the lines. I feel questions as a Socratic method leads one to a deeper understanding of knowns and unknowns. It sets the honest truth seeker on a path of enlightenment and at the same time humbles them from casting any judgment.
I think I may have mentioned this, but my comments were less about your specific case and more about other things I’ve witnessed; the culmination of which has me concerned. Using children as the innocent voice to defend a point. It concerns me for the reasons already stated but also because we’re all influenced by our environments. Children are especially influenced by parents and their teachers. Their opinions, if not overly simple and premature, are mirrors that reflect the positions of those around them. Even if their brains are capable, they haven’t had a chance to encounter opposite opinions and come to their own conclusions that isn’t a reflection of their parents and other significant role models.