Christopher, I like your post; the three generations and viewpoints on money is fascinating. I grew up with parents who slowly accumulated more and more money, so though my childhood was not as extravagant, my teenage and early adult life was pretty cushy.
I had parents who gave me a visa, a car and paid for my education. It did not negatively impact my concept of money, but I can see how it would make me expect money from others and want and want and want…
Your relationship with money and your children is interesting. It is tough when your family expects you or wants you to earn more. My parents always told me to get an education and that was the only goal they really hammered in.
The job front and income can be tricky. I think that younger people expect to start making a six figure salary, right out of the gate, but that is not realistic.
I really believe that it is not how much you earn, but how you spend that is most important.
Thank you so much for your post, it really made me think.