Parents can influence their children’s lifelong attitudes toward work and money by establishing good practices during childhood and adolescence.
Kids typically don’t pick up basic life skills through osmosis. They have to be taught how to clean a bathroom, check the oil in their car, and manage their money. Often what they have learned about money is “ask and ye shall receive.” As you can probably guess, this bit of wisdom doesn’t lead to financial independence. A good financial education can provide a wonderful foundation for your child as he learns to manage wealth on his own.
A friend sent me a link to a craigslist’s ad for a unique employment opportunity that she described as fascinating, sad, and perturbing. A family was advertising for a mental health professional to serve as a full-time “companion, guide, life coach, mentor, governess type for their 16 year old child… to help with her school-work, social skills, etiquette and protocol. Help guide her to the next level in life by creating gentle but firm ground rules.”
A Good Enough Parent Is a Better Parent
Be a good enough parent for your kids’ sake. It’s a healthier goal to strive for instead of the perfectionistic parenting encouraged by our current cultural values.
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