Did your parents encourage your education?

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Did your parents encourage your education?

chicmichiw chicmichiw
Did they? What would you do for your children?
02/25/2013
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Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
They did. Of course, I wanted to go to college so they really just supported me.
02/25/2013
SMichelle SMichelle
I don't have children.

But yes, my parents supported and encouraged my education.
02/25/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Mine supported me into college three times (they didn't pay, the state did). The Degree was important - no matter what. Unfortunately, I couldn't decide what I wanted to be when I grew up, so it took me until my third time in my mid-30's to finally figure it out and I got the degree at last.

I would definitely encourage any child to continue their education ... but also help them figure out what they want to do so they don't waste their youth like I did.
02/25/2013
null null
Yes and no. They did not encourage it, but seeing them and how they turned out made me want to pursue education.
I would encourage it for any theoretical children.
02/25/2013
misskat misskat
My parents encouraged me to go to college. I will encourage my children to do the same because it was a wonderful experience for me and opened amazing opportunities to me I would not have had otherwise. Not just educational and work-related opportunities, but the opportunity to move out on my own, spread my wings, meet my partner, and make lifelong best friends.
02/26/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
It was more than encourage, I would say more like expected & never questioned!

They saved from the time they got married so they could put all four of us through private school & all the way through whatever post grad schooling we needed. We were the only family I knew who didn't go on any vacations growing up because my father was always working & saving the money.

If I had children, I would do the same thing, but balance it with vacations & just general family time spent together.
02/26/2013
Girly Juice Girly Juice
Yep. They're paying for it, in fact!
02/26/2013
"G" "G"
yes! I was lucky enough that my parents paid for my school in full
02/26/2013
anonkitty anonkitty
Very, very much. It was never in question that I would go.
02/26/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
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Very, very much. It was never in question that I would go.
Same here - even in 60s when college was not prevalent in our mill-town, both my parents 'expected' me to attend college. I had the privilege of being the firs of our generation to graduate - even though not the oldest.
02/26/2013
SecondStory SecondStory
Well, they're paying for it so I'm guessing they're pretty supportive.
02/26/2013
K101 K101
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Originally posted by chicmichiw
Did they? What would you do for your children?
Yes, they did and they still do. I already encourage the kids in our family to care and want to have a great education & I will help them to get there in any way I can. I'm still a student myself and I truly enjoy learning and I want them to as well. My mom is the same way and I guess growing up, I just kind of took on the same love for learning so I hope that them seeing me work so hard in my own schooling will be a big encouragement too for their futures.
02/26/2013
GONE! GONE!
Sort of. They didn't seem to take much interest in it during high school but they did pay for me to go to community college. Which sucked because of how poorly I did in high school thanks to them.
02/26/2013
solitudinarian solitudinarian
Somewhat. My mum was rather insistent on me finishing high school. I dropped out the first time I attempted year 12 and went back a bit later. I'm glad I did this, as I could have never gotten the grades I did the first time around due to the emotional issues I was experiencing at the time.

My dad encouraged me to consider a variety of options, such as work, vocational training and higher education. I'm starting uni soon, but was never encouraged to follow that path specifically by either parent. Most of that encouragement came from my teachers. One of my cousins is in uni at the moment, but as far as I know no one in my family has a degree.
02/26/2013
Cindi025 Cindi025
My father pass a few months before I graduated high school, although my mother wanted me to pursue college she didn't want to pay for it and I didnt want to go in debt with student loans so I waited 15 yrs, and now I am $25k in debt and unemployed.. go figure!
02/26/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
My parents weren't supportive or encouraging when it came to education. Maybe someday I'll do the college dance, but it's just not something I'm able to do right now.
02/26/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
My father was a University professor, so it was always assumed I would go to college. My parents got divorced right before I started college and pleaded poverty (both of them, despite the fact my father was driving a very expensive sports car and had two houses) and as financial aid used to take both parents' income into account, I got ABSOLUTELY NO financial aid. They paid an absolute minimum and I had to borrow and absolute maximum. I was in debt for many years, but it was certainly better than not having a college education. (Despite when I was in college, a college education was a great deal less expensive than it is now.) My dad did make up for it for starting small college Trusts for our kids, though.

Our children are encouraged to go to college. One is finished with college, one is in Grad School and one is still a child. We did what we could for them, financially and our parents did help (my husband's parents never though college was important (despite paying for my husband's entire education. I suspect they thing college isn't necessary for girls.) My husband's mother helped out the kids, once her husband was dead. He thought college was "a waste and made people book smart and every day dumb." (And he frequently aimed this barb at me, as he resented the fact that I had at least 7 or 8 more years of schooling than he did. Asshole.) But, as my parents were both helping, she kind of felt like she had to.

Our kids have still had to borrow some money. Again, they got absolutely not a PENNY of financial aid from anywhere, I honestly don't know how freakin' broke really you have to be to get Pell Grants or other financial aid! Neither my children nor myself nor my husband ever got a penny, and we certainly weren't rich. Although, I do suspect both my parents and my husbands parents HID a lot of money (from their own children) and pleaded poverty, but the government knew they had money they simply didn't want to spend, and thus denied either of us Aid. Even with two kids in college at one time, and virtually NO savings, (as I spent a lot of time at home with small children and had more kids than both our families together) though, with the Bush Era anti-funding-for-middl e-class families bullshit, my kids got no financial aid. ("Kids should just borrow money for school from their parents." said Romney. It never occurred to this man that MOST parents don't have $50,000 to $300,000 just lying around to lend to their kids. Again... Asshole. Shows you how out of touch people like him are.)

Our daughter who is now in Grad School is going to be in a lot of debt. My hope is she can get a good job as soon as she gets her MS. She did get a small scholarship last year and this year, but it's a drop in the bucket, as only two schools in our state offer her degree (Library Science) and both are expensive. But, seeing as an Master's Degree is the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree 20 years ago, she really needed to get the degree. I would like if my oldest dd would go back to Grad School, but she never really liked school after 6th grade or so, and seems content with what she is doing.
02/26/2013
captainsgirl captainsgirl
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Originally posted by chicmichiw
Did they? What would you do for your children?
yes they did. and i encourage my children all the time and save up for them.
02/26/2013
padmeamidala padmeamidala
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Originally posted by chicmichiw
Did they? What would you do for your children?
My mom was mostly the one to encourage my education. I've tried to be very supportive to both of my kids for their education.
02/26/2013
Living Doll Living Doll
Not particularly. My parents were and still are too selfish to be concerned about what might be best for me.
02/26/2013
unfulfilled unfulfilled
My parents supported my decision to go to school. I was on full-paid scholarships the entire time so the only out-of-pocket expense they had to pay was when I went to summer school instead of the normal Spring, Fall semesters. I went year round so I could finish up faster.

My husband and I will encourage our children to go to school; we pretty much expect it out of them.
02/26/2013
js250 js250
Hell no!!! They both thought it was a big waste of time and money for me to go to college. Oh--I went to college AFTER I was married with a 5 year old who was in kindergarten...and paid for it myself with partial student loans.

But my mother was jealous of the potential I could have with a degree and my father is old school--women have babies and stay home....
02/26/2013
Illusional Illusional
Ahahahaha, yeah right.

My dad lied on his income, cause he didn't want the "govt" to know how much he made, so I didn't get any financial aid.
And someone made the stupid rule, that until you're 24, you can't reapply for yourself.
My parents haven't encouraged me to do or go far, I didn't get any help or assistance, no car, no money, no food. I just dealt with it, as is.
02/26/2013
Illusional Illusional
I'm sorry if I sounded so bitter, things are tough right now. But, it's just how I feel about the whole ordeal.
02/26/2013
RonLee RonLee
Did my parents encourage my education? NO!
My father was very perturbed when I told him that I was quitting the family business and going to university. I was twenty four and had had enough of the long hours and low pay.
Both him and my mother now remember that time quite differently. LOL!
02/26/2013
laflauta laflauta
My parents were very supportive of my academic success. They helped me study in elementary school and asked me every day what I had learned at school. Once I passed their level of math and science, they were nice enough to sit around while I attempted to explain the basics of calculus and physics. It really reinforced my learning, so I am incredibly thankful for their patience and generosity. Now that I am in a very difficult program in college, they are supportive even when I'm having trouble.
02/26/2013
deltalima deltalima
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Originally posted by chicmichiw
Did they? What would you do for your children?
Yeah. I'd support my kids with whatever they wanted.
02/26/2013
rihanne rihanne
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Originally posted by chicmichiw
Did they? What would you do for your children?
yeah. i would too.
02/26/2013
Chelynn67 Chelynn67
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Originally posted by chicmichiw
Did they? What would you do for your children?
My mom didn't and my dad had died but I feel like I did for my children.
02/26/2013
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