I have seen some Really Wealthy people and some Reasonably Rich people. The way some of them bring up their children is awesome and some of them hurt their kids too much.
1. I think kids should be ENCOURAGED to earn their OWN MONEY over which they have full CONTROL: When a kid earns his or her own money it is when the kid appreciates the value of the Rupee. Not when he/she does a social service stint with a 5* NGO. Please no Velvet gloves. Let him / her work as a life insurance salesman or a kid selling impossible to sell books, or in a book shop, or wherever. At the end of 30 days of slogging he/she gets Rs. 3500, suddenly, the money looks respectable.
Now do NOT go in your Capri to drop and bring him home. Let him learn how a person earning Rs. 3500 lives.
2. Push him out of the nice sugar coated, fully protected cocoon: One parent said ‘Oh he goes through a lot – when we travel abroad for a vacation, my husband insists that our kids travel Economy, not first class. These babies are 21 and 17 year old boys. Gimme a break guys. This is not hardship. Hardship is when you give your kid a Eurail Pass and ask him to tour Europe on a budget (so that he sleeps in the train and uses the bathrooms in the Railway stations). Or ask him to go ALONE on a tour of India on a real tight budget – second class, railway rest rooms, hostel dorms to stay – THAT is better.
3. Let him work under somebody else and earn money: Do not put him in a friend’s place. Put him in a friend’s friend’s friend’s place. The distance will ensure that he/she does not get any special privilege at the work place. Let him learn to negotiate with his reporting boss for his ‘want to go early’ and ‘can I come late’ kinda requests. THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN IN YOUR OWN OFFICE. Let him work in a field not connected to you. If you are in the Electrical business, let him work in a book shop or in an auto sales room. Or as a sales assistant to a big Architect. Hide his identity completely. No ‘home’ car dropping off. Let nobody know that he is rich n spoilt…..
The ‘unspoiling’ done by the first job is a MUST – especially if you have spoilt him silly.
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