I didn't grow up rich. In fact, my parents provided me with
the cheapest pair of school shoes and I had to make them last as long as I
could. That meant not running around too much during recess-time so they don't
wear out too soon.
I often envied my richer classmates' comfy-looking BM2000 shoes which cost $26/pair back in the 1980s - a princely sum indeed.
However, what material luxuries my parents didn't provide, they gave me in terms of values, morals and time.
They taught me that Integrity is doing the right thing when nobody was looking.
That you need to be a good friend before expecting others to be good friends with you.
And that it never hurts to be polite to your elders, strangers, and to the aunty who clears your table at the food court.
Even as we are so busy with our careers... Are we investing time in teaching our kids the right values?
Sometimes, the greatest gift you can give them is your time.
Let's do something special with our kids this weekend.