Monthly Budgeteer columnist Eddy Gilmore is a freelance writer, father of twins and husband of one. Connect with Eddy at eddygilmore.com.
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Some things are best taught by coming along and sharing an experience. A solid work ethic is one of them. It is a constant battle to raise kids in our affluent culture without promoting a sense of entitlement. Unlike prior generations, most children never really know what it means to go without. We have plenty of food, clothing and a decent home in a great neighborhood in Duluth. Compared to most of the rest of the world, we have won the lottery. And yet, our children frequently fall prey to an entitlement attitude.
When the phone rang last week, my son picked it up in bewilderment as if it were some futuristic communications device from “Star Trek,” listened intently for a second, and said, “Huh?” This is in contrast to our neighbor’s children, who answer the phone crisply and flawlessly, as if they were auditioning for a part as an executive secretary, “Hello, this is Kate.” Then they proceed to communicate intelligently into the device and actually carry on a conversation with an adult. Yes, the Gilmores seem to have fallen down on the job when it comes to training on technology, even if it is just 2
We’ve rounded the bend and are into the second half of winter. Temperatures are moderating. Daily highs in the teens and 20s will become more common. We are also seeing more of our old pal the sun, which is well into its march toward the spring equinox. Unfortunately, many among us have allowed persistent wind chills to box them into a winter malaise.