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Rich House, Poor House

Does money affect upbringing?

This shows an accurate representation of the difference between rich and poor. Someone on the poorer end of the spectrum who doesn't have much but willingly shares whatever they have despite the richer with more capita not wanting to share anything.

A penniless community

Living in both an area where money was scarce and an area where money was more available, I do believe that money does shape a person’s upbringing but predominantly where materialistic things are concerned.

I was born into a family surviving on benefits in the “worse part of town” (not my view, I loved it there) and surrounded by other families in the same predicament. The council estate mainly consisted of single parents bringing up large families and people living day to day in financial hardship trying to scrape together enough money for a meal for the night. It was often the case that the last 50p was used on the electric meter so that the family did not have to sit in the dark and there was electric to warm the emersion heater for baths. Some families however weren't fortunate enough to afford a hot bath and would often have to have Luke warm or cold baths leading to poor hygiene and therefore poor health. This was a main cause of families getting weak immune systems causing future illness.

Homes consisted of basics such as a sofa, beds, partly decorated rooms and minimal floor coverings and if you was lucky, you owned or rented a T.V. The pantry contained a bread loaf, sugar, teabags and a pint of milk. The children dressed in tatty hand-me-down clothes that were either too big or too small.

What the community lacked in money was always compensated by community spirit. Everyone always helped ouch each other where possible like one big family, we would never see each other struggle. If a family was struggling then family and friends would rally together supplying veg, meat and a little collection to help them get by, not expecting a thing in return. This seemed to be a regular occurrence and without fail, the community pulled together to help ease the hardships.

Living in a close knit community, there was always respect shown towards peers. If a child was seen to be disrespectful it soon got back to the parent and a suitable punishment was put in place, that child was never disrespectful again. My experience evidently shows that living in a poorer yet closer knit community allowed children to be brought up with manners and respect which would then be passed down to their children which I can see in my own grandchildren.

Mental health or deprived?

There always has been and always will be a vast division between lower class and higher class citizens where those on lower income are more likely to suffer with poorer mental health rather than those with more capital. In current times with the cost of living crisis which bring dramatic price increases for the upmost majority of goods and services, according to recent statistics those households with lower income are twice likely to suffer with panic attacks and lack of sleep and other mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression.

"Unrelenting stress of worry and having to do without etc. Makes managing mental health impossible as it’s a constant barrage of problems and concerns and everything just gets worse by the day. It has led to me having suicidal ideation"

Data produced this year shows that 29% of people that suffer with mental health conditions either abuse drugs or turn to alcoholism. This agrees with the statement in question whether money does affect a person’supbringing... it can create a vicious circle where if you don’t have money it negatively affects your mental health, causing you to abuse drugs and alcohol which often leads to homelessness and solelyusing money on buying more alcohol on drugs which can be very hard to get out of therefore living a very unhealthy and soul destroying lifestyle.


Life skills is an important subject relating to the way people are brought up. Children these days are brought up with different ideas regarding the value of money, this depends on whether they’re brought up within a richer or poorer background. Those parents with less money will often face hardships in being able to treat their children to luxuries from a packet of sweets to a new t-shirt whereas from experience, those with more money are likely to bring their children up spoilt and buy their children whatever they want when they want.

Families at the poorer end of the spectrum will often ask their children to complete tasks around the house such as washing the pots after an evening meal, hanging out the washing, hoovering the house or tidying their room for pocket money which means they can save to buy things themselves. In the ideal world, lower income families that have helped increase their children’s life skills means the children have had a ‘richer’ upbringing rather than those that are brought up fed by a silver spoon.

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