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It is interesting to note that there is a common thread through the messages regarding affluenza. Parents who give money and material things in place of their time and knowledge.

As a Canadian working in the US I believe that parents are not all to blame. The blatant consumerism that is blasted through the media (radio and TV)does have an influence. What child can resist the temptation to "be like Mike" so to speak and have the latest and greatest toy/shoes/car/etc. What adult can resist the ads from financial "institutions" proclaiming "bad credit, no credit, no problem" when offering loans or financing.

The cure to affluenza is a tough pill to swallow but it boils down to saying "no" to a lot things and living within your means.
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