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Speaker encourages Uniontown parents to teach good work ethic

Lori C. Padilla | for the Daily Courier
The Pennsylvania Elks State Association, along with the Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Commission brought motivational speaker Milton “Bigg Milt” Creagh of Chicago to local schools this week to speak to students and parents about the dangers of drug and alcohol use, diversity, tolerance and work ethic.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12:31 a.m.

Well-known motivational speaker Milton Creagh encouraged parents to teach their children the importance of a good work ethic if they want them to be successful in life.

Creagh, who is known as “Big Milt,” addressed a crowd of about 50 parents and their children this week at Uniontown Senior High School.

“I want parents to know that 50 percent of their kids will still be living with them until they are 25 years old,” Creagh said. “And 30 percent of kids will still be living with their parents into their mid- and late-30s.”

Creagh said most parents are asking why, but Creagh said the answer is actually simple, because “we gave, we gave and we gave.”

“A lot of these kids can't make enough money to take care of themselves,” he said. “And even if they have the education and work ethic to make enough money, they have not learned how to manage their money.”

Americans spend more money on their kids than any time in the nation's history, Creagh said.

“We buy our kids crap all year long,” he said. “Stop it, Mommy and Daddy. Some of you mothers and fathers have actually lost your minds. That's why kids are moving back home after college at age 22, because they are in financial trouble.”

Years ago, Creagh said, parents did not waste money on buying their kids “everything that they wanted.”

“My parents always made sure that we had everything that we needed, but not everything that we wanted,” he said. “Parents need to stop paying the bills for their children.”

When children are growing up, Creagh said, parents need to start teaching them maturity, responsibility, accountability and dependability.

“If children have not demonstrated those skills, parents should not go out and buy them brand new cars,” he said. “This is ridiculous. Sometimes, teenagers have more expensive cars than their parents have. This isn't teaching them anything. Stop it right now.

“Just because you can afford it doesn't mean that your child needs it,” he added.

Another serious problem in America is that parents don't make their kids work or even do chores around the house, Creagh said.

“Our kids are smart, but they don't have a work ethic,” he said. “Corporations won't even hire our kids because we have taught them to be lazy. If your child won't work for you, he or she isn't going to work for the boss. And you know what will happen; the boss will fire them. Your child needs to learn to work.”

Many businesses, including fast-food restaurants and grocery stores, are hiring senior citizens and mentally challenged people instead of teenagers who don't have a work ethic, Creagh said.

“Your kids also need to learn the value of a dollar,” he said. “You shouldn't be buying them Michael Jordan Nike basketball shoes that cost $285 even if you can afford it. You're not helping your children. You are actually hurting them.”

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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