Train your children for a profession

Is it possible to train your children early with skills like accounting or using finance tools? We see all the time that children are trained to be athletes since they were babies. Sentiments and morals aside, I just want to know if anyone has tried this.

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Oct 18, 2018

yeah imma encode rosenbaum and pearl into my sperm genome so my kid can have a head start in the womb

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Oct 18, 2018

Target sperms ready to make deals.

Cash and cash equivalents: $138,311
Financial instruments and other inventory positions owned: $448,166

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Nov 2, 2018
I'm actually a squirrel:

yeah imma encode rosenbaum and pearl into my sperm genome so my kid can have a head start in the womb

Back in my day we just called that having Jewish parents.

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Oct 18, 2018

I think you're much better off being a well-rounded parent than trying to pass on any foolish profession you've chosen. Engage your kids with mentally stimulating tasks, don't buy them any dumbass iPad or 4K TV or xbox etc., keep them fit and happy with frequent trips outdoors and exercise, make reading and homework fun and engaging, and I think most importantly, keep them very socially engaged with other children being raised similarly to them.

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Oct 18, 2018

Isn't this what the parents of the target kids do who are dead set on IB/PE/HF from since they were 8?

But seriously, there's a sociological practice in which parents can "guide/gently push" their children into having certain fields of interest by constantly exposing them to related environments. I can't remember the term though.

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Oct 18, 2018

indecent exposure

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Oct 18, 2018

Just remembered it - check out Concerted Cultivation. It's a practice mostly done by upper class and middle class parents.

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Oct 18, 2018

I'm going to adopt a kenyan and train him from birth to be the greatest distance runner of all time

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Oct 18, 2018

a former NFL quarterback who played for USC was raised by his father like this... except his father broke him and then the quarterback became a drug addict - todd marinovich

Oct 18, 2018

Google the golfer Sean O'Hair

Oct 18, 2018

I cant pretend to know how insanely difficult it must be to raise a kid in the information age, but I know for a fact that if I have kids, they're going to learn English as language 1a and some version of Java/C++/basic programming language as language 1b.

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Oct 18, 2018

Train your kids to ask questions, think for themselves, and solve problems. Then it doesn't matter what profession they choose.

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Oct 18, 2018
MMBanker14:

Train your kids to ask questions, think for themselves, and solve problems. Then it doesn't matter what profession they choose.

^^^THIS!^^^

This kind of nurturing will be of far greater service to your children than trying to pigeon-hole them into one particular topic or field.

And let's be honest, as much as many people love to harp about higher education being the only way to high paying jobs... there's absolutely zero shame in not going to college and instead going to vocational or trade school... not every kid is cut out for college, not matter how much the parental units might push them towards it. I have friends who are electricians and plumbers who make as much or sometimes more than some folks in banking.

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Oct 18, 2018

If you show a passion for something in front of your kids, your kids at a young age will usually get excited by it as well because they are learning to copy your emotions about a range of stimuli.

If I could instill three values in my child they would be curiosity, honesty and diligence.

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Oct 18, 2018

Here's the thing: It makes way more sense to train children with relevant genetics for a profession that's more seriously based on talent, like athletics or music. Because you can develop that talent from a young age, and having a lot of talent in those fields, particularly the former, pays dividends later on. A lot of people would argue that skills in accounting and using finance tools is way more a function of hard work, than any natural affinity. Moreover, the finance field is one where paying your dues is such a huge aspect of the culture, that I don't know what marginal difference it would even make to have everything down at a young age. Only time this would make sense in my opinion is to teach your children coding from a young age.

Oct 19, 2018

With the speed that things are evolving today, by the time the trained child enters the workforce, the skillset needed to succeed will likely have evolved. Probably wouldn't even be worth it.

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Nov 2, 2018

This.

Nov 2, 2018

Train kids to do more drugs, p.s. they're harmless

Nov 2, 2018

Martin Luther was trained as an attorney from a very young age.

Nov 2, 2018

jesus christ dude come on.

Nov 2, 2018

I want my kids to be lawyers so one day they can put me in jail and I can look at them and say "I'm glad it was you" and we do the subtle teary eyed bro nod to one another.

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Nov 2, 2018

Gay

Nov 3, 2018

Blow me

Nov 2, 2018

OvO

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Nov 2, 2018

OP reminded me of reasons why I hated IBD when I was in uni. A bunch of douchebags walking around like there's nothing else to life other than banking and finance.

Nov 2, 2018

How'd you start to "like" it?

Nov 2, 2018

I had graduated then and was desperate for an internship because I didn't land an FT job. Thought I'd try networking. Sent out all sorts of emails to AM/PE/IB/VC just to cast a wide net and also I didn't know what I wanted to do. Was offered two internships at no-name boutique IBs. Found out I actually loved it during.

If I didn't do that IB internship, I'd have probs landed in commercial banking or consultancy ..

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Nov 2, 2018

I had an interest in community service when I was a kid after visiting some developing countries... my dad bought me an easy to read book on micro finance and sustainable investing when I was 13. It sparked my interest in the field. He also would walk me around New York and tell me what all the banks were and what they do when I was 9 - he made it like a story..

Nov 2, 2018

I know a family who adopted a kid just to make her be the servant of the house.

Nov 2, 2018

Business acumen and personal finance basics are actually a part of several public school curriculums in the South and probably elsewhere across the US. By making subjects traditionally taught in school more easily relatable to career possibilities, kids can arguably increase their motivation towards studying.

Carl Van Loon
Van Loon & Associates

Nov 8, 2018
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Nov 8, 2018