Do I want my child to look like this?
… or like this?
When the protests about THE SATS tests came up, I was ready to join in:
STOP STRESSING OUT MY KID !!
Let them be like this …
Now I’m not so sure.
We just got a link from his teacher to an online revision site. It’s for exams which start in ONE week!
No one mentioned ANY exams this year and, like an idiot, I never thought to check with the school. The boy was sitting in front of his computer screen and gaming with a remote for up to two hours every day in the holidays. His thumbs have grown several times larger than normal. (At least I THINK that’s why).
Will he ever get qualifications and a decent job?
Does it make a difference that he and my step-grandson (11 and 13) made 4,000,000,000 – yes that’s right FOUR BILLION!!
Unfortunately that’s four billion spinning gold STUDS.
NOT ££££, $$$$, ¥¥¥¥ or €€€€ that could combat poverty, help settle displaced people, eradicate disease in developing countries or even contribute to Jamala’s new frock when she presents next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in what will hopefully still be Ukraine.
Luckily computer science and new technology are the most lucrative areas in which to make a fortune these days, so it’s going to be hard to persuade them to have less screen time when they should be having more, converting gold studs into real gold one day. Am I on the right track?
I found this little chart which proves beyond a doubt that some sort of degree can help you on your way to having a pretty luxurious lifestyle.
To break this down, 22% of the world’s wealthiest billionaires studied Engineering at University, 12% studied Business and only 3% Finance.
But the main reason I don’t want the boys to look at this blog post, is because although 68% got at least a college degree, almost a third, 32%, didn’t get ANY qualifications after leaving school. That’s quite a few success stories of the self-made kind isn’t it? And if you lower your expectations to being an ordinary, ho hum sort of multi-millionaire instead, there’s probably a much higher chance of ‘making it’ without any further education at all. But lads, if you are reading this: stay at school, take the bloody exams and work as hard as you can without losing your ability to have fun and be really silly like me.
And why do they NEED to make so much money you may be asking? Because the cost of old people’s homes for retired Mums and Dads are going to cost about a million a year by the time I’m ready to be looked after full time, and isn’t that what having children is for, or am I missing something?
How strict are you?
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