A vernacular TV show was rocking the internet are few days back. And people are stunned.
It was a live show that interviewed young girls and their mothers about how weddings of girls should be celebrated / performed. Within 5 minutes of the show, viewers witnessed their blood pressure mounting, eyes turning red, head turning hot and expletives escaping their mouths.
Well educated girls of marriageable age, living in metro cities were making the following demands for their wedding – “a house in my name”, “a car”, “50 sovereigns gold jewellery”, “destination wedding”, “a helicopter drop for the bride and groom as they enter the wedding hall” and more. And they suggested their parents borrow for the same if they cannot afford it. They went to the extent of saying that their brothers could pitch in for repayment of these loans. Ah! <jaw drop>
Helicopter… really? Where is this heading?
For all of us good meaning parents who want the best for our children and do whatever it takes to keep them happy, this is what is staring us on the face. Kids who will grow up feeling all entitled and believing they could have all that they asked for.
I am so paranoid about this. I realise hiding money matters from children isn’t such a great idea anymore. I have begun talking to my son about money – “Your schools fees cost this much”, “Your coaching costs this much”, “New racquets /shoes /bags cost this much”, “the home loan EMI is so much”, “We earn so much and we put aside so much for your education”…
How many of you have such conversations with your kids? Or what else do you think we should do to bring up kids who value money the right way?
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