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My kids are half grown and I'm observing among my peers that so many wealthy parents give their kids everything they want, but very little of what they need. By that I mean the kids have every toy, game, the best bikes and vacations, their own rooms with TVs, and huge allowances (does a 10 year old need $20 per week?). In contrast, these parents are not giving their kids what they need in the way of priceless assets: time, patience, understanding, communication, cooperation, trust, respect, integrity, and most of all, discipline.

When PBS aired a special on Affluenza a couple of years ago I bought a copy of the video to pass around to my friends hoping to raise awareness of this wasteful, polluting, relationship destroying condition. As long as we keep modeling conspicuous consumption for our kids, they are going to grow up thinking that is the American way.
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