Originally Posted by chriszeh
if your son does this because you taught him that's what he should do then he wont need you to buy him a 911 but will learn that the hard work will pay off at his own hand not be given freely by the world or you. expecting instant gratification is part of whats wrong with the world. you have to work for every step you make in the real world and if you do then you will have the material things to match. when given freely without it being earned you come to expect that elsewhere as well and will find it hard to excel in life, ie be spoiled.
If you taught the kid the right way, they will want to earn it for themself, not take a free handout.
Trust, me it's much more rewarding to earn it yourself, rather than be handed it. And by earn it, I don't mean straight A's or by cleaning your room.