My Son, 3, Has A Business Plan

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I asked my son, 3 going on 4, how he'd like to make a living. Without hestitation, he replied, "I want to make money by making people laugh."
  • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
    He could tickle them.
    Tickles by the hour.
    Or Jerry Seinfeld 2.0.
    Your son is one smart kid.
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    • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
      Originally Posted by David Braybrooke View Post

      He could tickle them.
      Tickles by the hour.
      Or Jerry Seinfeld 2.0.
      Your son is one smart kid.
      He's kind of young to tell much about his cognitive profile, LOL. He's quite an entertainer, I can say that much. He sometimes deliberately starts putting on shows for serious-looking strangers (usually women) until he can elicit smiles and laughs from them. I don't know where that comes from. He also often puts on little acts, like if someone slightly bumps him, falling to the floor moaning like he's in pain, then jumping up with a big smile on his face, shouting, "Fooled you!"

      I don't actually encourage his acting. Instead, I encourage his inquisitive nature, wanting what, why, where, and when. The entertainment industry is unstable, full of dangerous temptations, and more likely to have a warping effect on one's psychology and cause too much fixation on appearance. Academic pursuits are usually a healthier and more fulfilling and substantial kind of path to take.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        I agree with your second paragraph. When kids are adorable and smart it's easy to fall into the thinking that they should be rich and famous and well known. Sadly, that often doesn't provide the rewarding, happy life we want for a child.

        Whatever he does as an adult - a good sense of humor that is rich and full yet not mocking or cruel...will serve him well in life. If he can smile at life and laugh at himself - he'll be fine.
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        • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
          Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

          I agree with your second paragraph. When kids are adorable and smart it's easy to fall into the thinking that they should be rich and famous and well known. Sadly, that often doesn't provide the rewarding, happy life we want for a child.

          Whatever he does as an adult - a good sense of humor that is rich and full yet not mocking or cruel...will serve him well in life. If he can smile at life and laugh at himself - he'll be fine.
          Yeah, that's how I see it too.In every social circle I've been in, there's always some individuals who effectively employ humor to situations, while not being professional comedians (though often a lot funnier than most of them). Similarly, if he can sing or play piano, it can liven up an office party, and doesn't have to be for giving formal concerts. It is best to let children have a childhood. "Stage" or "tiger" parenting just produces miserable people 99% of the time.
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          • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
            Don't send him here to learn then. All we have got is Claude and Riffle.
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            • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
              Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

              Don't send him here to lean then. All we have got is Claude and Riffle.
              Claude is going to take this poorly, you know.
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              • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
                Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

                Claude is going to take this poorly, you know.
                Who are so far advanced in the comic genre, enough to discourage him so much that he would simply give up knowing he could never aspire to such genius.

                Pheww, got out of that one!
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  • Profile picture of the author malouisa
    Wow! He is really very smart boy. Thinking of making money at the age of 4 is really amazing. Kids love to play only and even most of the teenagers are not planning for their future but here comes your son who is only 4, with a plan...
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Don't send him here to learn then. All we have got is Claude and Riffle.
      We have helicoptor parents, too:p Claude and Riffle are balloon parents (hot air).
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