Parents have the task of influencing the formation of our children from being dependent during their infancy, to being independent in their youth and adolescence and eventually becoming dependable adults.
I learned from my friend, Susie, that her kids do not bother her for extra money before going to school. At 13 years of age, her children start to earn their own money. After school, the kids work as newspaper boys or dishwashers, etc. two hours a day, but not every day. Almost all children in their place work. If their parents give them money, it must be a compensation for a service they give, as in doing a household chore.
Susie’s eldest son has been working in a restaurant since he was 15. He is now. Her girl works after school for two hours twice a week. (I failed to inquire about their wage laws on minors.) At 18, her children will be totally independent from their parents. All her children enjoyed free education from elementary to college and free hospitalization from the government.
As the basic unit of society, it is families that build society… that build the world.