As I (fore)see it

A number of people have done this, and I’ve enjoyed reading the responses.  I’m going to put a new twist, and answer from my children’s point of view.  They are now 11 and 6, so I’ll have to take some guesses but I think I can come close.
This blog-game is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University as reported by Quaker and Social Class. The exercise developers hold the copyright and ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.
Bold all that are (will be) true for you (I italicized anything I wasn’t sure of):
1. Father went to college

2. Father finished college

3. Mother went to college

4. Mother finished college

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor

6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers

7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home

8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home – this is why we have libraries.  (Though I should count, as it might be close — I’m sure we’re over if we count all Spouse’s old textbooks in the garage).

9. Were read children’s books by a parent

10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18

12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively. How often are 11 and 6 year olds portrayed in the media? 

13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18  — only if they have jobs and pay the bills on their own

14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs — We will cover whatever we possibly can. 

15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs — with rising college costs I don’t think we’ll be able to swing that. 

16. Went to a private high school — No but we live in one of the best school districts in the state. 

17. Went to summer camp — If they WANT to we’ll probably find a way.  So far neither has shown a strong interest. 

18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18

19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels. — at least one has. 

20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 yeah — Oh honey — we’ve got a clothing chain at church — things work their way down the kids. 

21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them — NOT BLOODY LIKELY

22. There was original art in your house when you were a child.

23. You and your family lived in a single family house .

24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home

25. You had your own room as a child — As I don’t believe they would have let us adopt a girl child if we didn’t have a separate room from the boy child. 

26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18. — This one makes me laugh.  I bolded it.  I highly doubt that either child will have a phone in their room however I have a hunch that before they turn 18 both children will have their own cell phones. 

27. Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course — If we think it’s a good investment (see #14 and #15), if we think it might make enough of a difference in their scores to help them earn more scholarships HECK YEAH

28. Had your own TV in your room in High School — no, and I’m the meanest mom in the world because I won’t allow a TV in the kitchen so I won’t allow my children to watch TV during family dinner time.

29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College — If we believe that having a fund in either child’s name will help with #14/#15 then we’ll make that happen.  Or if some rich relative dies and leaves them money.   

30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16

31. Went on a cruise with your family. — I’d LOVE to take the kids on a Disney Cruise sometime. 

32. Went on more than one cruise with your family

33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up. — Often like for a Christmas or Birthday present we’ll get a family membership to a local museum (we did Brookfield Zoo for many years) only one museum at a time though — and then we’ll thoroughly explore it over the course of a year.  It used to be that if you were a member of Chicago Children’s Museum you could get free admission to most of the Children’s OR Science Museums in the area.  THAT was a great deal.  I’m not sure if it would be different if we didn’t live in a major metropolitian area though.   

34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family. — I’m unsure of that one.  Spouse is more likely to share such information. 

It looks as though my children will have more priviledges than I had.  And don’t most parents wish that for their children. 


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