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Old 08-14-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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What kinds of things might you purchase if money wasn't as much of a concern as it is today?

Please be reasonable - I'm looking like things like send them to science camp, or buy them a car (if they are teenagers), or examples of toys / collections that you think they'd benefit from, or tutoring or the like.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw, NC
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I would do weekly tutoring (though if my child struggles now, I'd do the same)
I would help them with a car, I still know you have to teach responsibility, so I wouldn't take that value away
I would buy a horse/pony for my child- I am an avid equestrian and the lessons i've learned over the years during horse care and management has been invaluable
Other things they asked for if it provides value (sleep away camps), expensive extra curricular activities, etc.

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Travel- to lots of places to teach how other people in the world live
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:05 AM
 
Location: My House
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What kinds of things might you purchase if money wasn't as much of a concern as it is today?

Please be reasonable - I'm looking like things like send them to science camp, or buy them a car (if they are teenagers), or examples of toys / collections that you think they'd benefit from, or tutoring or the like.
I dunno. I do this stuff already.

I only buy them stuff they need or that they've expressed a true interest in.

Examples:

Bought my eldest a car when he was 17.

My middle kid takes private art lessons, but only because he has stuck with it and wants to go to art school.

My eldest wanted to go to Camp Invention one year and he talked about it for over a month, so he went.

My daughter always gets my handed down iPads because she has no real interest in a computer.

Both my boys have computers. Some they bought with their own money, others we paid for.

All 3 of them have iPhones, my eldest bought his first one in 2007 on launch day, along with me. The others have been gifts. My younger two always had handed down ones until last year when I upgraded everyone.

We took our daughter to California with us this summer because the time before when we went, she asked if she could go, so we figured she had an interest. The boys did not want to come.

I have never paid tutors, but I used to be a teacher and if I cannot help them, I guess I'd hire one.

My kids don't get tons of toys and aren't being rushed from one activity to another. I have never believed in that. We also don't have cable TV.

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Old 08-14-2014, 11:07 AM
 
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Safe trips to undeveloped areas in the world to help them develop a charitable heart.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:47 AM
 
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Safe trips to undeveloped areas in the world to help them develop a charitable heart.
What about mission trips? They usually fundraise the expenses. I know a few teenagers who have done this. There are even family mission trips.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:50 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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What kinds of things might you purchase if money wasn't as much of a concern as it is today?

Please be reasonable - I'm looking like things like send them to science camp, or buy them a car (if they are teenagers), or examples of toys / collections that you think they'd benefit from, or tutoring or the like.
Meh... the stuff mentioned, we did.

If money was not a concern, I would have my husband stay at home and enjoy the kids! They would value spending time with him over anything else.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:07 PM
 
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Meh... the stuff mentioned, we did.

If money was not a concern, I would have my husband stay at home and enjoy the kids! They would value spending time with him over anything else.
That's a good one. I pick it too. We did everything mentioned, but it would have been best if my husband didn't have a job that required so much travel. The kids missed having him around.

The only other thing would have been buying a third home at a ski resort. (We already have a second home in the mountains but not near a ski resort.) Since my husband and I don't ski, it would have been for the kid's benefit. I kick myself for not doing it. I had considered it. They're not very expensive. It just seemed extravagant at the time. Looking back, it would have been a great investment in many ways.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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Travel. Travel. Travel.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:56 PM
 
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Travel. Travel. Travel.
That's what I was going to say!

My kids are older now (ages 9-17) and honestly, I wish I had bought them less STUFF. I feel like being surrounded by STUFF made them less appreciative of STUFF.

If i had it to do all over, I would have bought them less STUFF. We did travel a lot, so no regrets there.

If money wasn't an issue I'd have each kids' college fund done, and maybe a little extra set aside to give them a good start in life.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:49 PM
 
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Meh... the stuff mentioned, we did.

If money was not a concern, I would have my husband stay at home and enjoy the kids! They would value spending time with him over anything else.
Yeah... that's a really good one.

I think I'd have us both stay home with the kids, teach them ourselves, and travel around the world to let them learn from experience.
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