"To me, the greatest gift you can give your child is a passion to search out who they are inside and to work," she says.
Marie Osmond wants her seven children to succeed on their own. The country singer wants her children to find their own passions on the path to pursuing fulfilling jobs since she thinks people who are just "given money" frequently lack drive and desire. Osmond revealed to Us Weekly that she has no intention of leaving her children an inheritance.
"Honestly, why would you enable your child to not try to be something? I don't know anybody who becomes anything if they're just handed money," Osmond told the publication. "To me, the greatest gift you can give your child is a passion to search out who they are inside and to work. I mean, I've done so many things from designing dolls [and much more]. I love trying [and] I wanna try everything."
She continued, saying that inheritances "breed laziness and entitlement," and that she intended to share the money she had with her husband Stephen Craig, whom she remarried in 2011. "I'm a finisher," she adds, sharing another fun rule she has with her children. “That’s one of my rules with my kids. If you start it, you finish it, you don’t ever have to do it again, but you gotta finish. And, I just think all [an inheritance] does is breed laziness and entitlement. I worked hard and I’m gonna spend it all and have fun with my husband.”
“I don’t not help my children. I mean, if they need help buying a car or something, I will pitch in,” Osmond said on Tuesday. “I love them to learn. You don’t love something if you don’t earn it. And so, even when they get their first car, you pay for half of it, get a job and learn that self-worth that it gives you.”
In February 2020, the former star of Donnie and Marie made news by saying she has no intention of leaving her riches to her children. “I think you do a great disservice to your children to just hand them a fortune because you take away the one most important gift you can give your children, and that’s the ability to work,” Osmond said during an episode of The Talk at the time. “You see it a lot in rich families where the kids, they don’t know what to do and so they get in trouble. Let them be proud of what they make. I’m going to give mine to my charity,” she says, per TODAY.
The Paper Roses singer has a son, Stephen, 39, with her husband, 65, as well as children with ex-husband Brian Blosil, Rachael, 31, Jessica, 35, Brandon, 26, Brianna, 24, Matthew, 23, and Abigail, 18. Michael, the 18-year-old son of Osmond and Blosil, died by suicide in February 2010.
Although the Dancing With the Stars alum has taught her children to find success on their own, she does enjoy treating her eight grandchildren.
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