Today’s post is from my 13 year old son Cole!
Like most kids my age, I have a long list of “my wants”, here are a few of the things I would love to get my hands on…
- Xbox Live
- Fly fishing gear
- “NEW” snowboarding gear
- Basketballs (I can never have enough)
- OKC Thunder gear
- FiftyNineFifty Hats
- Lots of duck tape (Love to invent w/ this stuff)
I brought this list to mom and dad, just hoping they might buy some of it, and they told me that if I really want this stuff that I should get out my checkbook and buy it myself! What! I am only 13! I remember one time I had to buy my own fly tying gear and I wasn’t too happy about having to spend my own money. As I was filling out the check I start mumbling, complaining and stomping my feet inside (I didn’t really stomp my feet, my dad would ground me forever if I acted like that). The truth is that I was acting like a spoiled brat.
Parents that’s just one of the many times I’ve had to buy my own things.
I started my own lawn business a couple of years ago called Grassman Lawn Care, so I do have the money in my account to buy some of this stuff. But one day I was complaining about having to mow lawns and buy my own stuff and my dad said, “I think I am going to give your company to Tifton and that I should go get a job at McDonalds.” That instantly knocked me into place and helped me realize that I should be thankful for my company and that I should buy things myself. Buying my own stuff also gives me a pretty big sense of accomplishment.
Parents, your kids are going to hate having to buy their own stuff, I still and always will, but it will give your kids a huge head start! Wall street journal says that my generation is the laziest generation yet, but I say we have the most potential with our advanced technology. Parents, it is in your hands to bring out that potential in your kids.
I think giving your kids everything is a crime that most moms and dads partake in and I also think it is an acceptable form of child abuse. So parents, stop buying your kids everything, tell them to get a job or do some chores around the house and help them find a way to earn the money to buy their stuff!
Do you buy your kids everything or are you teaching them how to work?