Teach Children Open-mindedness and Embracing Differences
When you picture a “normal” family, what do you see? Is it the traditional notion of one male parent and one female parent, two kids, and a family pet? Or do you see something different? Or perhaps you reject the notion of a “normal” family altogether? Recent court and legislative activity have opened the institution of marriage to same-gender couples. Regardless of political position, morality, or religion, we must demonstrate open-mindedness to these changes. After all, it is already happening.
Change Is Already Here: We Must Be Openminded Enough To Realize It
Today 1 in 4 children under the age of 18 are being raised by single mothers without a father in the picture at all. And nearly 30% of all families today are single parent families. 5% of children aren’t living with a “traditional” parent at all, but with grandparents or other family members. Simply put, mainstream society has already changed our country.
Sometimes, with affluence comes reinforcement of our personal norms. For example, we often attend institutions like churches and schools where most everyone else looks and thinks like we do. While we may feel most comfortable in these arenas, we need to push the boundaries with our kids for their sake. Regardless of our politics, visible American culture is changing. We cannot expect voluntary segregation of our society—by race, socioeconomic status, or any other factor—to continue.
So how can we teach kids open-mindedness to cultural and familial differences, and to embrace the complexities therein?
Adopting Open-mindedness: Be The Change You Want To See
Children are best prepared through modeling and practice. This is the true inheritance we leave behind.
Be cognizant of the cultural norms you promote without saying a word, through your choice of neighborhoods, entertainment, institutions, and even the company you keep. It is critical that American children learn open-mindedness to differences and complexities. It enables them to work and play with those who may be different from them, especially as our society moves forward to keep in step with the ever evolving nature of our world.
Ultimately, estate planning isn’t just about passing on your money. We call it Family Wealth Planning because it’s about passing on your whole family wealth. This includes your values, insights, stories and experience, most of which is passed on without awareness. When you can bring awareness to this planning, beyond just the financial pieces, you are giving your children a true gift that doesn’t just last a lifetime, but many generations.
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Parents experiencing our Family Wealth Planning process repeatedly tell us that the process itself guides you to see many of the parts of true inheritance that you are likely overlooking, and the process itself has them feel better about themselves as parents as well as adult children of their own parents.
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