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Do you agree? Should parents let their child try and fail before helping them find work?

  • Yes: It's important for children to learn to stand on their own two feet when looking for work
    47%
    2,493 votes

     
  • No: parents should do all they can to support their children as they start their careers
    53%
    2,767 votes

     

Posted 5 years.

8 Comments

  • Rob Wilson - 5 years ago

    The hypocrisy of James Caan telling others not to help their children into careers while giving his own daughter top jobs in his businesses. We need a bonfire of the tsars.

  • subjectsmith - 5 years ago

    The question itself is so badly asked that neither option is particularly appealing. What I'm against is the idea of networks of wealthy parents simply giving their kids jobs for the boys and girls. I'm not against parents trying to help and guide their kids, and I'm not against them even giving them a bit of a start if their kid is interested in the same industry they work in, but really, I'd hope that parents would want to provide a safety net, should their child fail (up to a point), and as much good advice as possible, not to trammel them into whatever elite career they have followed. If they're successful, their kids have already benefited in many ways, from seeing how their own parents live their lives, to knowing their friends, to probably having a better academic education, and possibly more experience of travel.

  • Joseph McElroy - 5 years ago

    @Charles If your kid can't tie his shoelaces after his 18th birthday, then you shouldn't have spent so much of your parenthood posting moronic comments on online polls. Muppet.

    @David I will get your child's job. And his wife. Unless you'll give those to him as well. Does fluffing count as a parenting technique these days?

  • Joseph McElroy - 5 years ago

    Genuinely shocked that so may people voted "no". Are us British really so underconfident in our abilities as parents that we feel have to resort to tricks, bribery, and possibly the offer of sexual favours to get our kids a good start in life? A man who needs his hand holding through life is still a child. Surely the role of a parent is to prepare a child for adulthood, not to continue it. I mean, it's not exactly the spirit that built the Empire, is it?

  • Leo - 5 years ago

    The sink or swim approach was advocated a century ago by Cecil John Rhodes. Actually the issue starts earlier on in your child's life. They should be self determining their own plans from the outset. Parents micro management in the play ground, school and beyond is disastrous for their kids.

  • David - 5 years ago

    So, now I'm supposed to stand back and let other kids get ahead while I leave my own kids to it? Nope. I'll do anything I see as helpful - which MIGHT, just might include keeping out of it at the right time. It's just like all the luvvies are in favour of state school education until it comes to what's best for their own children. Misleading nonsense and rank hypocrisy.

  • Mervo - 5 years ago

    I don't see why Clegg's background is a problem (but it is so typical of the unthinking right to latch on to this). He has been through a system, made an analysis of its flaws and is trying to do something about it. What is so objectionable about that?

  • Charles - 5 years ago

    How very patronising; this 'appointment' is just a rather desperate mutual pr stunt and if this is the guys first input...well arn't we all blessed, what is next; don't tie their shoe laces for them, they need to learn by letting them fall flat on their faces before you show them. Sounds like he wants to deal with his own issues first.

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