The younger the child the better. I do believe that children learn that BASIC truth very early in life regardless or how cool or uncool (successful or not) their parents are. But seeing that Bill Gates have to put it as Rule #1 that children did not learn at school, I want to see whether he is closer to the truth than me.
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I did not mean to suggest an answer. I meant to ask a question without indicating your own opinion. Honestly, I love hearing what children have to say. I love discussions. Our first duty is to make them think, not give answers.
lol. Your home must be different to mine. My kids always ask my opinion during any discussion, just as I always ask for theirs.
We often discuss life's challenges, but not in the context of whether life in general is 'fair'. How do you define fair?
I don't define. Neither life nor fair. I thought about it - "not fair" would be anything to a child when he experiences frustration. That is life. But if I had to pick an incident of "unfairness" - my cousin died at 16 - it was "hit-and run".
Thank you for answering the question. I agree with you. Sometimes with a child, the conversation ends with "life is not fair". It is as true as it is frustrating. In the end my question did not yield the results I was hoping for, so I'll try again
Thank you for actually ASKING rather than saying why I should and what I should not... Of course, I would prefer younger children to answer, but... I am neither negative nor positive, I prefer a more scientific approach - gather facts, not lemons.
Thanks for your answer. My son is 9,5 and he knows that life is not fair. Too late to ask. I like talking and discussing issues and listening to what a child has to say. If I was 16, I would think Gates' advice was dull at its best.
I get that. I would like to hear his take on his own childhood. I wonder if it coincides with what he says now.
No, for that I have to keep records. We can't rely on our memories alone. I have one video where he surprised me - he made more sense than I. There was a TV show back then - children were explaining things - it was hilarious.