why reward that with giving him the "actual thing"? it may show your generosity as a benefactor but it does nothing to continue to stoke the flames of hacker in him.
donate some breadboards and electrical components, parts for a receipt printer, stuff that will allow him to continue to improve his approximations and simultaneously continue to tickle his mind (in learning how these things work).
Or he uses it to start a business and learns new things there.
You seem pretty condescending and narrow-minded.
I'll take your personal assessments of my character under consideration, thank you for the input.
He's already changed. He's already been donated $120k for a college fund. Someone said he's already been given equipment, too.
I'm just reacting to the simple thing that he did specify he wants.
The suggestion to give him breadboards or whatever is inane if nobody's around to help him learn. I find your need to overlay your morals (running a small business is not as good as hardware hacking or whatever) incredibly controlling.
Running a business is fine. But does he really want to be someone who owns an arcade, or does he want to be a design engineer creating tech?
> I'm guessing you had a very controlling parent and have the terrible urge to do the same.
You didn't need to say this. You can do better.
also known as "learning to run a business" which is probably pretty valuable.
> But does he really want to be someone who owns an arcade, or does he want to be a design engineer creating tech
this is a value judgement on your part.
I didn't assert any superiority to hacking tech or hacking business. Give him a business mentor or tech mentor. A ledger or a breadboard. I could care less. Maybe he'll want to pivot to square foot gardening next week. Who knows. Kids are fickle like that.
I do find your repeated assertions that he is NOT already running his own business quite patronizing. He is already running a 9 year old-scale business, period.
Anyway, I'm done, just going to take the energy being wasted on this thread and just refocus on thinking about how I can encourage my 3yr old son in pursuing all his interests du jour (fortune teller machines, car washes, mount fuji).
> NOT already running his own business
He had ONE customer, according to the video. Maybe he might get some more? Who is to know?