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    comprehension problem

    I read from Reader's Digest the following lines:

    " I once read somewhere, ' Don't do for your child what he can do himself.' That starts with not putting your ten-year-old's bike in the garage for him. You will most likely end up paying his mortgage when he is 32."

    My question is, what "end up paying his mortage" means?

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    Re: comprehension problem

    How one ends up with something means what he becomes in the end. "End up paying his mortage" implies that in the future when your child is a grown-up, he'll still depends on you. You'll have to support him financially, solve his problem and take care of him even though he's as old as 32.
    Last edited by KuaiLe; 25-Jun-2006 at 10:35.

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    Re: comprehension problem

    KwaiLe is correct...the article is advising parents not to pamper their children too much. Children should start to learn to take care of themselves from a young age. If the child doesn't have to worry about putting his bicycle away in the garage (because Mom or Dad will do it for him), then there is the chance that when he's an adult, he won't worry about being able to pay the monthly rent on his house or apartment - if he doesn't have enough money, then Mom or Dad will pay it for him.

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