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Should doctors give their kids money?

Should doctors give their kids money?

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As a physician, have you felt an obligation to save large amounts of money to give your children when they’ve become an adult or graduated college? This gesture may seem like a no-brainer, an act you’ve never questioned. It’s led to the excitement you’ve felt as you’ve thought of this gesture of giving to your children. And while it’s easy to only dream of the fantastical outcome you’ve conjured in your head, did you prepare yourself for all possible outcomes that can happen from this gift? This gift may have more layers to it than you’ve imagined. That’s why you need to listen today to learn why the gift of money may not be a good strategy to show love to your children. You’ll also discover the most valuable thing you as a parent can provide to your child.



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  • [00:25] Where did the idea that parents leave their children money come from?
  • [01:46] Why you shouldn’t leave your child money to show love.  
  • [04:00] Why the intended outcome to leave someone money matters.  
  • [06:39] Should physician parents leave money to their children to prevent the same struggles they experienced?  
  • [09:57] Why humans need to struggle.    
  • [14:58] Why it’s important for physician parents to foster safe failure for their children.  
  • [18:49] The most valuable things a parent can give a child.  
  • [21:02] The main difference between leaving a child money and saving for their college education. 


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