What We Can Learn From Mick Jagger About Parenting

What We Can Learn From Mick Jagger About ParentingAccording to The Daily Mail, Mick Jagger’s ex-wife, Jerry Hall, has been unsuccessfully trying to get Jagger to purchase homes for three of his 20-something-year-old kids. Man, that’s gotta cost him around $300 million. Sure, Mick can easily write off a check to buy those houses and get it over with. I mean, come on, it’s Mick Jagger. We know very well he can afford those houses and still have more than enough to live a lavish lifestyle. So, what’s holding him back?

‘Not entitled to their parents’ riches’

Well, according to the British tabloid, Jagger is against giving housing subsidies to his kids. Let’s take a look at his oldest daughter, Jade, who is his only child with ex-wife Bianca. According to Jade, her dad believes that children are not entitled to their parents’ riches. Rather, they have to work hard to make their own name and fortune in this world. And right now, she now has her very own jewelry shop.

Wow. That should be tough to hear for most of the parents nowadays. These days, most of us think that being a good parent means spoon-feeding our kids with everything we think they need rather than teaching them to be independent and achieve something on their own. And this, my friends, is a very distorted view on parenting.

‘Strive on their own’

If we just take time to scrutinize our parenting strategies, analyze where our kids will be headed if we continue doing what we do, and rightfully question our actions rather than justify our means by our motives, then we will be able to see that most of us have clearly made detrimental mistakes in bringing up our kids. Loving them truly does not involve shoving amenities and luxury down their throat. It involves helping them grow up and set them up to be responsible adults in the future.

So, whenever our kids ask something from us — it may be the latest iPhone model, a new Xbox, wheels, or dough for a shopping spree — we first have to be introspective. Ask ourselves if your response to their requests (or maybe demands) will help them learn good or bad values.

Let’s learn from Mick Jagger. Clearly, he can easily afford to shower his kids with cars, houses, and other material things. But he does not capitalize on that. We have to understand that sometimes, witholding excessive provision for our children will prevent them from growing into spoiled and self-entitled citizens. Yes, it’s very difficult to do, especially for the uber-wealthy parents. But if we REALLY want our kids to live a meaningful life with self-fulfilment, then we have to strive to give them just enough to push them to strive on their own.

Are you guilty of bringing up kids who think they are entitled to your hard-earned money? Do you agree with Mick Jagger’s principle on parenting?

Image: Mick Jagger

Britain Celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee With 1000-Strong Flotilla

Braving a day of bone-chilling, rain-dampened weather, a crowd estimated by police at more than a million people lined the banks of the Thames on Sunday to acclaim Queen Elizabeth II as she marked 60 years on the throne with a royal river pageant of a kind last seen 350 years ago.

The stirring flotilla of 1,000 boats, highlight of a four-day holiday to celebrate the monarch’s diamond jubilee, combined with the familiar miseries of the British climate to produce a vignette that some embraced as a demonstration in minor key of the character of her reign: steadfast determination.

The monarch, who is 86, and her husband, Prince Philip, 90, never donned coats through the hours they spent on the open deck of the royal barge as it made its way down the seven-mile course of the pageant, waving at crowds shouting “God save the queen” and hoisting a forest of plastic Union Jacks. Neither did they sit in the thronelike red velvet chairs set in the prow, apparently reluctant to claim a luxury not available to the onlookers.

With a TV audience of tens of millions at home and abroad, commentators called it the greatest public spectacle of the queen’s reign. The flotilla was richly varied. A barge with pealing bells led off, followed by an array of “man-powered” craft, single-seat kayaks, dragon boats, Maori war canoes and jumbo Venetian gondolas. They were followed by 40 of the small boats that participated in the evacuation of 340,000 British and French soldiers from Dunkirk, France, in 1940, ahead of an armada of “working boats” that included tugs, fireboats and 19th-century steamboats.

Britain’s only other diamond jubilee for a monarch was relatively recent. In 1897, Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, then 78, achieved the landmark. But Victoria was frail and reclusive then, and sent her son, the future Edward VII, to represent her at a review of a fleet of British warships at Spithead on the English Channel coast.

What was your favorite part of the royal river pageant? Share your views with us!

Source: The New York Times

Image: The Daily Mail