In my last blog, I took on the diet police. I argued that child obesity is more a function of the lack of parents instilling discipline and moderation in their children’s lifestyle than it is fast food companies and their products. Children benefit from parental guidance in all aspects of their lives.
The following letter is a testimonial to what I am discussing in these two blogs:
As a child from a home of “self-made” millionaires, I enjoyed [The Millionaire Next Door] as it triggered childhood memories. My parents instilled certain wonderful values and could actually write a book themselves about “frugality.” At the time we were growing up, my [three] sisters and I did not find “frugality” a user-friendly term. Can you imagine four girls even considering sharing a room or their clothes? So, you can only imagine the anguish it caused when we went to McDonald’s as a treat and had to split our food – a pack of french fries! Now we laugh about such episodes – then even Ronald McDonald could not put a smile on our faces!
To my parents I say thank-you for showing me frugality and what is truly important in my life. To my sisters I now would give you a place to stay, the shirt off my back and my entire pack of McDonald’s french fries.
In a May blog, I wrote about a millionaire couple who had 3 children. They followed my Rule No. 1 for raising productive children [from The Millionaire Next Door]: never tell children that their parents are wealthy. And more recently whether you are wealthy or not, Stop Acting Rich, especially around your children. As this very frugal millionaire mom said: . . .my kids ask me if we are poor because I make them order from the $1 menu!
What should you do the next time your youngster insists on the super quarter pounder with cheese, supersized fries and an extra large shake? Tell him that you are going to order off of the “millionaire menu!” It begins and ends with a dollar.