While parents are leaving assets and material items for kids as legacy, Bill Perkins shares one crucial legacy parents need to leave behind but often forgo.
Parents often spend all their lives working to provide for their children with some even hoping to leave them property or assets to secure their future. However, parents often learn a little too late that there are things that count more than material things. Compared to materialistic assets, it's important for parents to also leave a legacy that will help shape kids to become responsible adults in the future. Sharing on the 'School of Greatness' podcast (@greatness) on Instagram, Bill Perkins shared an important legacy parents need to leave behind over tangible items. Perkins shared that many parents are so busy and tied down with providing for their kids with materialistic things as part of the legacy they wish to leave behind.
The author of “Die with Zero,” shared what several parents usually say, “Many parents are like, ‘Oh, my kid is 16, I’m working hard for my kids.’” However, he mentioned that there is a part of this legacy that many parents unknowingly forgo. He then revealed one of the most crucial elements that frame the right path parents need to leave behind for their kids. “Part of the legacy and fulfillment for your kids is spending time with you,” Perkins said. He highlighted that going back, children need to remember spending time with their parents over remembering them going to work and providing for them. “Moments with you. Not you going to work. You with them,” he added.
“In some situations, going to work to make money and give your kids when you die is taking away from their fulfillment.” The dad further elaborated on his words by explaining that what a child needs are life experiences and memories with their parents and choosing to prioritize earning for them over these things is as good as robbing them of their legacy. “It’s like diminishing their legacy. So you have to think about what we do with our kids,” Perkins added.
He then stressed the fact that as kids grow up, they need their parents more than other resources. “I think one of the most asinine or autopilot things we do is wait till we die to transfer assets to our kids,” Perkins said. While he did acknowledge that such things are normalized and often not deliberate, he pointed out that one can leave behind more priceless and wonderful bits for children to carry with them.
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Things like life lessons, love, memories, and more that children receive when parents spend time with them are crucial. In a nutshell, the dad was trying to shift the focus of parents back on their children for their future as human beings. The legacy that matters more is leaving something endearing for children to remember their parents and be able to apply those learnings later in life. Several parents got their much-needed reminder from Perkins to take a step back and simply be with their children. @watchyourweight2022 said, “Adore this and it’s exactly what I did before my kids turned teenagers. I’m still making memories, but we made amazing memories of being together as much as possible.” @zkzk409 said, “Love this, good reminder!”
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