I’ve been reading a lot about Jeannette Walls (author of the memoir The Glass Castle) online and came across an interview with her. Someone brought up about whether she would have become so successful if it weren’t for the fact she grew up with so little.
While her parents didn’t always feed her or properly care for her they were always teaching her about life and about the world. Jeannette’s father was incredibly smart and while they moved from school to school they were taught a lot at home.
Another thing their parents always supplied was giving them the confidence they needed and teaching them to be stronger people. I can’t help but wonder if today kids are raised a little over-privileged and just maybe they lack the drive that those who have to fight for everything have.
Even though I grew up in a pretty bad city as a kid I always went to private school and was never as bad off as the families I lived near. I always knew that I would be able to go to college and that I wouldn’t have to pay for it. I also knew that I always had a home to go to if I needed it. I depended on my parents a lot and sometimes I still do.
I see my friends who had to not only get college loans but also had to work through college and they’ve become incredibly successful. Including Mister who now has the job of his dreams and loves the work that he does. I however really didn’t take college as seriously as I probably should have.
I’m very lucky to have everything that I do and to have parents as supportive as they are so I need to explain that I am not at all complaining. I am just pondering this concept and wonder what other parents think. Should you give your children as much as you can or should you make them more self-sufficient?
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