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Improve Families – skip a generation.

I had an acquaintance many years ago who was a distant relative of the British royals. He sometimes complained that, as a member of the aristocracy, he was passed over in his father’s will. He acquired only the title. It seems it’s traditional that a father not leave his fortune to his son, but rather to his grandchildren.

James is an impoverished intellectual, alcoholic and bisexual. When his wife left him for another man, and his father soon after died, the family fortune went to his son and his daughter. Both were in their latter teen years, and well along in good schools.

The children had been well trained to excel in their eventual responsibilities.  The divorce between James and his wife affected each child differently.  The daughter sided with her mother, and is estranged from her father. The son is in regular contact with his mother and has willingly taken on the care of his father.

With this in mind, now that I live the role of a grandfather, it caused me to think about that skip-a-generation idea. From my older, wiser perspective, I watch the little ones evolve, develop, and learn.  I see it infinitely more clearly than I ever did with my own children. Then, there was the stress of trying to get it right for the kids, but not really being qualified to know what actually is right.

I propose that institutions be established to raise our children for us, from childhood to parenthood.  That leaves us free to establish ourselves solidly in society, free of the burden and responsibility of children.  Our children propagate when we are older and wiser, and we get to raise the infants, to infuse them with our knowledge, values and experience. At about eight, they go into the institution. Meanwhile, their parents have the same freedom the previous generation had, living, earning, and progressing under a lighter load.

In our home we get to raise our grandchildren all day every weekday, and we’re loving it. It’s tiring, and it’s wonderful. 

This tongue-in-cheek scenario is too cold and inhuman to ever be acceptable. At the same time, in a way, it’s smart and warm.

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