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Wish them enough

July 21st, 2009 at 07:42 pm

I was thinking on how different folk want 'the best' for their kids.

I don't. Oh don't get me wrong I could think of quite a few good things to do with a spare million, but truth is them being better people than I is more important than them having more than I do/did.

I want them to have financial skills earlier than I, but am ok with them not having more money.

I want them to be better educated than I, but am fine with them not wanting a degree. (certainly no need of a 'brand name' one)

I would like if they could travel more than I have, but I don't need it on chartered jets. A mission trip or the like would do them better.

All the things I want for my kids, are not cheap, but are also not so costly that we cannot manage them.

And the biggest things, are free. Lessons in honesty, love, integrity, compassion, history, peace, empathy, cultures...

free but not easy. Would be easier if all I wanted for them was a fairy tale childhood.

3 Responses to “Wish them enough”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Good entry. I feel the same way.

  2. Radiance Says:

    Same here! If he is good at math, great, but having compassion and social skills are paramount for me to pass on.

    I feel that I want him to learn from very tender age how to manage peronal financials, how to fix himself a nutricious meal. I also want him to learn how to relax, enjoy life and know himself.

    I want him to know he has all the wisdom he needs inside of him and that the only acceptance he needs is self acceptance.

    I want "the best" for him, but on life skills, emotional intellegence, social skills, etc, etc.

    I'm with you!

  3. lizajane Says:

    Nice post! IMO, many people get carried away with having "the best" for their kids. A whole generation of those who didn't have to make do, or do without, or do with less makes for a very bratty group.

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