If you were wealthy would you let your children work ?

@ronnyb (6117)
Jamaica
January 6, 2009 11:46am CST
Or would you just divide your money and give to your children so that they never have to work ?.Some persons would let their children work because it teaches them that they should earn their keep ,would you do this ?.Or do you think parents who are rich and let their children work are mean ?
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@royce22 (303)
• Philippines
6 Jan 09
I will still let them work so that they will know how hard to earn money. Then they will know the value of it.
@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
6 Jan 09
My sentiments too,it makes no sense giving them all this money and find that they waste it in the end because it was easy money in the first place
@cripfemme (7710)
• United States
7 Jan 09
I would want them to work. I would let them work at whatever they wanted acting, writing, dancing, or what have you. If they didn't make a lot money, I'd support them as long as they were happily pursuing their passion and devoting a good amount of time to it. I'm an artist myself, so I can relate to the need for support. I would have trouble with a lazy child who didn't want to work and expected to live off my money.
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
7 Jan 09
My sentiments exactly.They should be allowed to pursue what they want if we can afford to support them, but this does not mean that they should live off parents' wealth.
• United States
6 Jan 09
I definitely would let my children work. After all, they are not entitled to money from me simply because they were born to me. I would, however, do everything I could to teach them how to earn money like I did (if I were wealthy), so that they could earn their own. It's very important for them to learn that it does not always come easy. Having said that, knowing me, I would probably still set up a kind of "safety net" fund for them that they wouldn't know about until I was gone.
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@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
6 Jan 09
Well yes I like what you have said ,you have struck a nice little balance ,teach them how to spend the money but at the same time set up maybe a trust fund or something with a condition ,so that they wont suffer after you are gone
• United States
12 Jan 09
Yes, I would still let my child work if I was wealthy. I think it teaches them the value of a dollar and teaches them that money doesn't just grow on trees. I think it teaches them a lot besides just the money part. It teaches them how to work with others and how to listen to others and try to work out problems that could arise. I don't think it's mean to let children from wealthy families work. I think it just teaches them certain things.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
10 Jan 09
i think everybody should work as long as they are able.
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• United States
9 Jan 09
Learning to work and earn your keep is a very valuable lesson in life that children should not miss out on. As a parent, one should teach their children that you need to work to make money, and that money doesn't grow on trees. I cannot even imagine myself not working if I were wealthy - but it would most likely be a different career (such as working with a non-profit organization instead of a company concerned about their bottomline).
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@phalz81 (106)
• Singapore
9 Jan 09
I will let my children work. Because work is learning in life where it will gain more knowledge and it also with let him decide, how hard his parents are working until they success and they can provide him the best in his life. Working will let the children to grow more independence and taking decision. Some parents does not care so much about this. They even spoil their children more and more. But this is depends on people's perspective. Those wealthy businessman like Donald Trump, he lets his daughter to work in modeling world and also helping his business. So nothing wrong with this working life for wealthy children. They have to, if they still want to enjoy the wealthy life. Because when the parents gone. Who is going to take care of the children if not by themselves???
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@quinnkl (1667)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I would make them work!! I absolutely believe that you have to go through the experience of making the money you have to spend to understand the importance of earning your keep in life. I don't think rich parents who give everything to their children are doing them any favors. These kids know nothing about real life and would not be able to handle living in the "real world" if they suddenly had to. And nothing means anything to them. If they want it they get it, and if they make a mistake daddy and mommy fix it for them... duh! Not a good way to be brought up in my opinion.
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@Keola12 (792)
• United States
6 Jan 09
If I were wealthy, I would insist my children help with work around the house and pay them a weekly allowance for the work they'd do. Then when they would become of age to work, I would insist that they get involved with co-op work through their high school or college, so they would obtain the necessary skill and experience needed to compete on the job market, once they've finished school.
@sid556 (30987)
• United States
6 Jan 09
I would expect them to work regardless of my wealth. I have seen far to many spoiled little rich kids that have had everything just handed to them. As parents it is our job to teach our children how to survive on their own and be independent of us. To just give kids everything would not be doing them any favors really. Besides, work is good for things other than just the money. It is good for your spirit and ego if you have a job that you enjoy. It also gets you out and with others which is good and for teens...it teaches them some responsibility.
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@Raven7317 (693)
• United States
6 Jan 09
I would definitely require my child to work. But the 'work' I would require will depend entirely on him. If, when he's 15/16 YO, and he's an excellent student, involved with school, sports, outside organizations, is very well behaved, polite, honest and respectful, this would be all the work I require. However, if by then he is lazy, spoiled, disrespectful or shows any sense of entitlement, he will be required to get a JOB. If I were rich, it would because I worked my butt off to get there, because I wanted it. That does not automatically mean my son is entitled to it. It only automatically means that it's easier for me to provide what he needs. Naturally, I want my son to have everything in the world that he could ever want. But at some point, he has to display the willingness to earn what he wants. If everything he wants is just given to him, he will not know the true meaning of want and therefore will never appreciate anything. I aim to give him everything, but the most important thing I can give him is integrity, respect and appreciation for others.
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@kellys3ps (3726)
• United States
6 Jan 09
If I was wealthy, I woud certainly help my children, but I would still want them to learn the value of hard work.
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@baileycows (3667)
• United States
6 Jan 09
No, I think it is good that they have to work. Afterall the wealth is not really the childrens it is the parents. The parents need to instill into the children good work ethic. I think they should still have to work for things they want. Everything should not be handed to them because when mommy and daddy are gone they won't know how to make it.
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@tammytwo (4300)
• United States
6 Jan 09
Everyone should learn to earn their keep. Even if I were born wealthy I would expect my children to learn how to earn their own keep. It teaches responsibility and it tends to make one appreciate what they have. I believe in giving my children opportunities but I won't allow them to grow up just being lazy. We have enough of that in America as it is.
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@cyberfluf (5004)
• Netherlands
7 Jan 09
I would let them work, because they need to learn to appreciate things and learn how to make ends meet. Not working at all would make them lazy. I would pay for any education they would like to attend, but they can just as easily get a summerjob when in school and a real job afterwards. There is nothing wrong with getting a little spoiled, as long as you can still appreciate things like a small gesture. This remind me of the MTV show "my supersweet 16" and "My supersweet 16: exciled" where there first was a show about wealthy girls turning 16 and the bizarly high priced parties they got for their sweet 16 and the expensive gifts they got. In the next series the girls get exciled to poor countries or foreign tribes to learn about the values of life and to get back to basics. They were spoiled rotten and most of them very unpolite and thankfull. For some of them, it seemed like it really made a change for them; but I think it's hard to judge from the television as you aren't really there and they can edit the show any way they like. I think these girls wouldn't have been as unpolite and unfriendly if they would appreciate what they have and don't take it for granted. If they need to work for their money, they don't take it for granted.
@cyberfluf (5004)
• Netherlands
7 Jan 09
Thank you so much for denoting me best response, I had a very good time coming up with this response. There was so much I could relate too, aspecially with the shows on MTV I was referring to as they were on the tele not too long ago. So pondering about this subject was something I had been doing allready not too long ago (why do some wealthy parents spoil there children? why shouldn't you? What would my point of view be?). That all came to use today in responding. Have a great day!
@tash01 (2031)
• Jamaica
17 Sep 11
If am wealthy yes i would let my kids work,so that they can learn to be Independent too.And learn how to work hard for what they want to achieve,in their life. Parent should let their kids work, and earn for them self so that they don't grow up to be lazy. Even though some parents don't let their kids,work because they spoils their kids. I would let my son work and be Independent on his own,and build his wealth from the bottom.
@jpso138 (7860)
• Philippines
28 Mar 09
If I am wealthy, I would surely let my children work. As you can see, letting them work will teach them the value of money. If you just give them money without them feeling how hard to earn money, then they will not be able to understand and learn how valuable money is. You can never tell what the future maybe.
@savak03 (6692)
• United States
28 Mar 09
I wouldn't 'let' them work, I would insist upon it. Every one should have to make their own way in the world. If you give everything to your children they will never learn to respect anything. There are too many people now who seem to think the world owes them something. The world doesn't owe any of us anything, in fact it is we who owe the world.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
28 Mar 09
If I were wealthy, I would still want my children to work. That way, they can supplement whatever inheritance they have with the money they earn. Most people like to keep busy. If my wealth came from a business I owned, I would have my child work for me, that way they can reap the benefits of my wealth as well as feel like they actually are earning it, as opposed to it being given to them for no work at all.
@srganesh (6344)
• India
28 Mar 09
Wealth should not be a reason to stop working for even myself.If you stop working then you will be left stagnant.So,when I am going to work,after all the wealth accumulated,how will I let my children stay apart from working.that will be real injustice.So,I will ask them to show their potential in earning.Cheers!