Dave Ramsey says: Sometimes, it's best to stand back and let your kids learn

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  • mr.tufts Franklin, TN
    Nov. 19, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    There's a decent chance, C, that this kid wasn't yet 21, and therefore not legally a full-fledged adult in most people's eyes (and in many cases, the law's eyes, as well). I think parents should, if they can and to the point they can, HELP their kid who is going to college. But you're right on other points. If they were paying all that stuff while the kid didn't work and spent his spare time pretending to be a rock star, that's just wrong.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    I've pushed the envelope, I knew what the limit was and when I crossed the line. I learned the consequences, It's part of growing up.

  • Big C Murray, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    Dave AND this kid's parents have missed the problem. The parents shouldn't have been supporting this college-age-"kid" to begin with. He's not a kid - he's an adult. Parents shouldn't be supporting their "adult kids", period, whether they're going to college or not. That's half the reason why this "kid" decided to have a band and drop out without telling mom and dad - because he wasn't footing any of the bill for his schooling or living expenses, sounds like, so he did not appreciate what he had and he figured no big deal, he'd just drop out. Had he been working and putting himself through school (with maybe a teensy bit of HELP from mom and dad), this could have been an entirely different story.

    Furthermore, to Dave and these parents, and I quote, "as far as paying for his rent, utilities, gas, food and cell phone bill?" they shouldn't have been doing that to begin with. College or no college. The problem and the advice have both missed the mark.