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The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
There are many children who have the good fortune of being born into a good wealthy family. Those parents almost always want to take care of their child and make sure their child or children grow up in a good home and have everything they ever want and need. These children are often spoiled, usually educated very well, and usually everything gets handed to them. While some of them are spoiled and complete assholes, there are others who actually inherit their family fortune or take over the family business and do well.
For sure, there is nothing wrong with any of it and this confession is not written in jealousy, but an observation. If you were born into the Egyptian family, you were destined to be the King or the Queen. If you were born into a family that owns an oil company, a hotel empire, or an automobile industry, you could certainly be very lucky to inherit the business. If you are the child of an actor or an actress, you definitely could be very lucky.
There are still others who were born into a fairly wealthy family because their parents were smart and decided to invest in the right places and work hard to get where they are today and simply passed it on to their children. As my saying goes, Some people were born lucky, the rest of us have to work.
Parents can do whatever they want with their kids. Raise them however they want. Teach them lessons. Spoil them. Make them work. There are a variety of different ways to raise kids and no one should let anyone tell anyone else how to raise their kids, though some people could use the advice.
The problem comes when parents begin to fund their children’s lives to the point where the kids feel they do not even need or have to work for anything in their life. Parents who do this fail to teach their child about responsibility, about accountability, and about the general welfare of their livelihood. Children will not learn how to survive in the world or work to earn the things they want or need. If you do not let your kids grow up, you are assuming the responsibility for their lives for the rest of their lives — they will depend on you too much for everything. By teaching your kids at a young age that you are there to help, but that they should also know how to depend on themselves and not always on you, you will ultimately teach them how to survive in the world.
The choice is up to you. I am not here to tell you how to raise your children, but if the mother bird never lets her children use their wings, they will never learn how to fly. One day mother bird will no longer be able to support her young ones, and when that day comes, and if mother bird never taught her children how to fly on their own, they will have a hard time flapping their wings. When the day comes where they will have no choice but to fly, will they be able to do it, or will they fall flat on their face because of mother bird’s over-protection? As a parent or parents, did you prepare them well?