Monday, January 31, 2011

Prepare: Your kids and their future

Our children are facing the most unknown future in the history of our country. They have no idea what their adult life will be like or what kind of shape the country will be in when they become adults. How are you preparing them for this future?

When it comes to education "good enough" never is. Stop thinking the local public is preparing your children to compete and succeed because it has some meaningless blue ribbon handed out by a state agency. Stop thinking that honor roll or comparative test score has your kid on the right track to succcess.

Stop assuming that if your kid is reading Harry Potter for the fifteenth time its "good" because he is reading a book instead of watching television or playing video games.

Stop assuming that if your child uses the computer to watch videos, play games and make friends on Facebook he or she is "tech saavy" enough for the twentyfirst century.

Stop assuming that if your kid plays soccer once a week he is getting enough exercise to build muscle and endurance and avoiding childhood obesity.

Stop assuming that "juice" boxes and fruit chews are part of a healthy diet and "Sprite" is okay to drink because it really isn't soda like Coke or Pepsi.

Stop assuming that those friends are a good influence because their parents attend the same church as you do or because the dads work together.

Here's the deal:

Your child is not only competing against the kid down the street or some kid in another state for college admission or a job someday.

Your child is competing right now against millions of children in China, India, Vietnam, Africa, and South America.

Your child is competing with these children for a limited number of seats at the best universities in the United States.

Your child will be competing against these same children for jobs and for the location of those companies which provide those jobs.

Your child is competing against these same children ultimately for his or her lifestyle including their home and future.

The rest of the world is enjoying economic success much like the US did over the past 100 years. And they are not happy with what they have received thus far.

They want their own comfortable house with two cars in the driveway, air conditioning and heat, running water, television, internet and telephones. And they need a certain financial means to achieve that lifestyle and the only way they can get that is by removing the same future from your kids.

They want your kids to live in a tin roof shack in a endless urban slum because, frankly, they think the USA has had it good for too long. They think it is their turn. And they are quite willing and ready to do whatever it takes to be number one or at least one number higher than the USA.

Your kid is going to be the victim in the end.

So, what are you doing to prepare your child for this future?

1 comment:

Frugal Queen said...

I don't know, what do you suggest?

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