^^^^OK, good. I have teenage sons, and I've watched a ton of boys pretty much punt the opportunity handed to them. Can't even handle going to college classes. And it's all boys.
I'm NOT pointing at the OP here. Don't know the OP, not the question he asked. But it is summer 😈
The security thing speaks to me, because upper middle class and above kids have never faced any insecurity from a structural life perspective. They've always had everything they needed. Somebody has always been there to cover with money, influence, ridiculously high quality shelter, food, cars, college degrees, everything.
So now it's time to either work, hard, or not. So why not choose not? It hasn't ever failed before.
My two high school age sons were bagging recently on some new apartments being built nearby, and how bad that must suck. Teachable moment, which I relish
, because those are really nice apartments in a nice place. So I asked them where they thought they would be living? No clue, of course.
OK, let's look up these apartments online and have some fun. One bedroom, 900 sq. ft., $1,080/mo. "Holy Sh$t!"
Let's look at the floor plans. "Hey, that's looks pretty nice!" Now Thing 1 and Thing 2 are getting excited. Future life and all.
I point to the dimensions. Entire main living/dining area is something like 27' X 16'. We are standing in the kitchen. I point out to the living room wall, and say "that's about the width of this room from that wall to the kitchen island."
They look at each other, and in unison say "We're screwed."
And I tell them, "now make it smaller and go live with a bunch of other guys eating ramen noodles. That's your ski bum life. Sound good?"
Because all they hear is "ski". They think people who live in really nice apartments with cars and jobs are bums.
That doesn't change anything anybody posted here. It is just a footnote as to what extent well-to-do kids have utterly no clue about money. I talk to my kids all the time about money, and it's obvious the extent to which they believe in their future leisure life, because it's all they have ever known. We are going to have a household budget seminar this summer so that they can see things like the gaping hole skiing drives in a family budget.
Or how much it costs to drink a mason jar of organic orange juice every morning. Have dogs. Watch cable. Own a phone. Pay for a data plan. Keep the lights on. Water. Eat four helpings at every meal.
All. Free. To. Them.
For. Now.Edited by NayBreak - 6/9/15 at 1:31pm