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If I can stipulate that I have no intention of bashing teachers of the past, I would say the answer is “Yes.”
The spectrum of students' backgrounds and experiences is so broad now.
Kids have always been individuals, of course. But I have to guess that, in many places, there used to be more similarity in children's home lives.
How do you talk to your kids about money, the holidays and tight times?
A lot of people struggle with the balance between indulging their kids and showing some restraint around the holidays. The added stress of a tough economy brings in another element. Karen Blumenthal, writing the Family Money column in the Wall Street Journal, says it’s a good idea for parents to get comfortable talking to their kids about money all the time — and that makes it easier to convey values when important decisions come up.
“(R)ather than spell out the nitty gritty of paychecks, mortgages and bills, which might overwhelm children, focus on defining and reinforcing your money values. In our house, for example, we had limits on toys and electronics, but not on books. Also, consider which values you would most like your children to have as adults. For instance, do you believe in paying for all your kids’ education or do you believe they should pay for all or part of it?