I meet people all of the time who “have this brother” or “have this sister” who is a complete and utter financial failure – and their parents continually bail them out. I’m grateful that this has not been a problem in my family, but it is amazing how many families HAVE experienced this situation!
Here are some statements I have heard:
- My sister has run up her credit cards at least three times, but my parents keep bailing her out. It is so frustrating!
- My brother refuses to get a job and constantly hits up our parents for money. It is annoying!
- My brother never buys clothing for his kids because he knows that our parents will take care of it. Unbelievable!
While it is indeed annoying and frustrating, it could also be called something else – THEFT.
Let’s think about this in a step-by-step logical order.
- Parents usually leave all or most of their assets as an inheritance for their children (Prov 13:22)
- If a sibling has been continually tapping mom and dad for money, there is less inheritance to distribute
- Parents usually divide the assets equally among each of their children
- This means that the financially-misbehaving sibling receives the same amount of inheritance as the siblings who did not continually tap mom and dad for money
NET EFFECT: The children who behaved well financially are robbed of some of their inheritance by their financially-misbehaving sibling.
Have you ever looked at it this way? Have you experienced this in your own family?