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Kunis and Kutcher Make Their Kids Work

Now, I don’t know about you, but a small part of me dies a little when I go online and see some celebrity kid. They often have more money than I’ll likely ever earn and have worked about a millionth as hard as I do. Call it jealousy, but whenever I see celebrities telling their kids they’ll need to do what their mom and dad did, I smile inside.

I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder when it comes to seeing these rich kids who have done absolutely nothing in life but winning the sperm race.

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So let me be the one to say that well done to Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. They are both keeping hold of all of their money, and won’t be giving it out to their kids when they grow. Now, given they are reportedly worth about $300m each, that might sound harsh. Surely a million each would be OK, right?

An Interesting Perspective

When Kutcher was on the (rather awesome) Armchair Expert podcast recently, ran by Dax Shepard, he was clear as to the reasons why. And, I have to say, he’s absolutely spot on.

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“I’m not setting up a trust for them,” Kutcher explains on the pod. “We’ll end up giving our money away to charity and to various things.”

However, much to my chagrin, he did say that they wouldn’t leave their kids in the lurch. Obviously, I’m joking when I say that because his plan is actually really sound.

“If my kids want to start a business and they have a good business plan, I’ll invest in it but they’re not getting trusts. So hopefully they’ll be motivated to have what they had or some version of what they had.”

Since both of them grew up in relatively normal households, they never grew up with a silver spoon in their mouth. So, the pair is pretty good at knowing what it’s like not to have a boatload of money – and seemingly want to bring their kids up with genuine values and realism.

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Part of that lesson they are giving out to their kids, according to Mila, is not giving them Christmas presents.

“Last year when we celebrated Christmas, [our daughter] Wyatt was two and it was too much. We didn’t give her anything — it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift. They don’t even know what they’re expecting; they’re just expecting stuff.”

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That’s a really interesting take on a topic that has always kind of bothered me. If your parents do awesome in life, then they should make sure you have the opportunity to do well yourself. They shouldn’t just insulate you from ever having to try, though – they earned their success, why shouldn’t you?

What do you make of this? Overly harsh, or a fair life lesson for two kids that already have it good?

 

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