How much is too much?

As I said in last week blog, a mother will always make sacrifices for her children. Good parents will always wants what’s best for their kids. They will make sacrifices for them. My question is how much is too much though?

For example: my folks would rather make sure us kids had plenty than treat themselves to a fancy dinner out. There are parents who would go out for a nice fancy meal; while their kids sit at home eating scraps.

If you have heard the news as of lately, you would had heard about how some of the 1% group were caught bribing college administration to get their kids into a good college. Now is that too much to do; so that your kids can have a better life? I’d say it is. Not everybody can afford to bribe college administration.

Two of these 1% people are celebrity. First of all Felicity Huffman, one of the star of Desperate Housewife and married to William H. Macy. When I heard that she was one of the person charged with bribing college administration, I was surprised. She is one of the Leftist Hollywood darling. Her husband, William H. Macy wasn’t charge though. She did the right thing and pledge guilty though.

Another Actress was Lori Loughlin, that was also charge. She was known as the darling of Lifetime movies. She was also in Full House and she started on daytime soap, “The Edge of Night.”

This is just a little background of 2 of those charged.

Lori Loughlin even said for her reason was that she wants her kids to have a better shot than she had. What parents doesn’t want the best for their kids? There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for your kids. But her and her husband took it too far.

As I said in last week blog, my mother wanted me to be a lawyer. Yet she wouldn’t and couldn’t do what these 1% people had done. I mean, my family wasn’t rich.

I had my first job when I was 13 years old, picking berries at Granrude fruit farm. We didn’t really had to work but it taught us the value of money and hard work. When I was 14 and in the 8th grade, I gave up my study hall to work in the school cafeteria. I have been working pretty much ever since.

Some of the members of the Country Club get their kids a job at the Country Club because they are members. That is not right! They should have to struggle to get a job like anyone else.

As I mentioned in the blog about Ed Shultz, it had been known but not proven, that he may had paid off the coach at Fargo South for his son, David could get a lead position on a football team.

If parents give their children anything they wants, what do they learn?

Like the saying goes, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

By giving your children what they want, you create what we have today; and that kids who are part of the entitlement group. They come to expect things because of who they are and who their parents are.

Now if teenagers started work early in their teens; they learn to appreciate things more. They learn the value of hard work and money. They will learn that money doesn’t grow on trees.

If parents keep on giving their kids everything, how will they cope when their parents are gone?

Another example is Sam Walton and Wal-Mart. Sam Walton took better care of the employees because he started Wal-Mart from the grounds up. Now his kids on the other hands, was given everything; so they don’t treat the employees as well as Sam Walton did. I believe that they should had started at the bottom of the company, to learn how the company is run and to learn the meaning of hard work as well.

Since I had worked ever since I was 13 years old, I had learn the value of money and of hard work. Hard work doesn’t hurt anyone! So when my folks died, and I received an inheritance, I appreciated it much more. It’s not that I became rich because of it. I learned the value of money and so I learned that I needed to put some away as investment for my retirement. I was able to make wise decision because of what I was taught; and given everything I wanted.

Believe me, I would love to been given more than what I was growing up; but what would that had done?

The courts should throw the book at those who bribed the college administration. They didn’t teach their children anything, but how to know that they can get anything they want without even breaking a sweat.