teaching appropriate values to the young

From: Simon Smith (simon_writes@hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Feb 21 2000 - 20:33:26 MST

Hello All,

I'm a long-time lurker, first time poster, who wanted to get in on this
discussion. At 22, I'm sort of between the dot.rich.kids and their parents'
generation. I agree that technology and affluence has increased the
generation gap, and that it's hard to impart values when many old values are
irrelevant. But I think there are three things all parents should do. The
first is to teach their kids that change is constant and inevitable, because
these kids are going to see lots of change. The second is to nurture
creativity, through a wide range of experiences, because these kids will
need to be resourceful. The third is to nurture individuality, and let the
kids develop using their resources (including monetary). But despite these
lofty goals, I wonder how much influence parents even have over
dot.rich.kids. With both parents working, independent wealth and access to
an increasing amount of information, how large a role are parents playing in
shaping these kids? How much does it matter what the parents do, beyond
providing the basic necessities?

Of course, I'm sure I'll be less cynical IF (<--big if) and when I have

Simon Smith

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