I'm the awesome uncle. I watch them and spoil them. I don't 'discipline' them per se but I yell at them all the time and if their parents are not around I will grab them if I have to.Are you living under the same household? Do you have permission to discipline them if they are young kids? Are you providing for them financially? What are your responsible for in their lives?
My point exactly. If wealthy children can also turn out to be terrible, then obviously there are far greater factors at work than just having financial means.Easy, if you are very poor you have far limited options compared to someone in the middle class to say pull a kid back from bad peer pressure/influence. If you are struggling to make ends meet, your case for not doing the wrong things for material gains is a tougher sell. If you are poor, it is much harder to provide a decent education for your kids, compared to better off families who can provide multiple opportunities for their children.
This of course isn't saying if the size of your bank account is huge, you will raise good kids or instill good values. That is not what I am saying at all. Just look at the current first family who were all raised with a silver spoon in their mouth and turned out to be horrible human beings.
Stealing doesn't become okay just because you 'want' something you can't have. That is something all parents have a responsibility to teach their children. If they truly love and respect you, and you emphasize how important it is to do the right thing, then it is going to be a lot harder for them to steer off the wrong path... and if they do then it is your job as a parent to discipline them and set them straight. This is true whether you have a million dollars in your account or a hundred dollars. As a parent it is also your job to stress the importance of education and doing well in school. Learn who their friends are and make sure they are not hanging with the wrong crowd. These are obstacles sure, but they are just that... obstacles. They can be overcome.
Our actions in life are determined by our character, and no one has a greater influence in shaping a child's character than their own parents. I mean despite what people like @yeahbaby! and @Reaper would like to argue, if you were to pick any 14-15 year old gang member at random there is likely going to be a 99% chance that both of their parents either weren't around to begin with or they themselves live in dysfunction. No amount of 'research' they pull out of their ass undoes this indisputable fact.