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Simple Rules

My teenager wants a car. Really badly. All of her friends have one. She wants a nice one that will impress everyone that sees her. Sounds expensive to old Dad. She expects me to pay for it.

When I tell her she is not getting the car of her dreams, she becomes very upset and starts yelling. "But I want it!". Tears flow.

I explain to her that no matter how much we want something, the numbers have to add up. If something costs $5, then we must come up with the $5. Simple. And the first rule is that we must pay for it ourselves. Period.

Maybe we need to explain these same basic rules to the teachers and their union in Wisconsin.

Comment balloon 6 commentsKevin Robinson • February 23 2011 09:41AM

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Hhhummm. I have to think about that one and learn just a little bit more about what is going on in Wisconsin before forming an opinion. SOmething for me to think about on the way to work this morning, I guess.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) about 8 years ago

You are doing the right thing.  Kids today need to know that the only way to have nice things is to earn them... 

Posted by Suzanne Gantner, GRI, E-Pro, SRES, SRS, ABR (Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate ) about 8 years ago

That's a great lesson that too many children learn too late. So much misery is caused by failing to understand the most basic facts about how money works.

Posted by Fritz Barnes (BizProMedia) about 8 years ago

Kevin, I have two teenage daughters who will probable try the same thing. I will keep asking you how to handle them since you are doing that right now.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) about 8 years ago

If all of her friends have cars, then she does not need one!

Growing up in SC, kids drove at 14 and could get dl at 16 and got cars for Xmas of their 16th b-day...I never envied them as they had to stop for gas and then pick everybody up, etc.  They were the chauffeurs!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 8 years ago

My kids know that hard work and perseverance are the only way to go. But in a world where kids get things just for being alive, it is hard to go from teaching to reality.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 8 years ago

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