Originally Posted by AnotherConfused
But then, he grew up where poverty was everywhere, severe, and could not easily be climbed out of, so he still carries that fear.
It's not an invalid fear, and it's as true in North America as it is in India, China, and Nigeria. We Westerners just do a better job of sweeping it under the rug and pretending everything is a-o-k. But if 2008 has taught us anything, it's that everything can change in a heartbeat.
But to me, that's all the more reason to protect the close relationships you have with people. Anyone can lose their job, house, lifestyle in a heartbeat. At that point, all you have left is the love of your family. Conversely, when you lose a loved one, all the money in the world won't make it any less painful.
The thing is, helping your kids to grow and be successful is not mutually exclusive with loving and supporting them.