Ashton Kutcher had a long chat to Dax Shepard on his podcast – Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard – and the dad-of-two not only controversially revealed he and Mila Kunis’ favourite piece of nursery equipment, but also his own attitude to their kids’ financial future.
Giving their money away
Ashton and Mila are parents to a three-year-old daughter, Wyatt and a 15-month-old son, Dimitri. Ashton told Dax that he wanted his kids to be independent when it comes to money and explained that he and Mila would be giving their money away to more worthy causes – and most definitely not giving money to their kids.
“I’m not setting up a trust for them,” Ashton said firmly. “We’ll end up giving our money away to charity and to various things.”
Ashton did say he’d be open to a more formal investment in his kids, but they’d better have their numbers in order, if they want to be considered.
“If my kids want to start a business, and they have a good business plan, I’ll invest in it. But they’re not getting trusts,” Kutcher explained.
Of course, Ashton and Mila’s kids are still very, very small. The pair haven’t yet had to navigate the tricky teenage years or watch their young adults struggle with their identity as they try to make their way in the world.
We would not be surprised if the purse strings are loosened when faced with the reality of transforming kids into adults — and the fact that kids need their parents LONG after they officially come of age.
It’s a little bit like the pregnant parents who say they won’t let their kids use screens and that they’ll never fall prey to bribing their toddlers for peace. The reality can hit home pretty hard, and in the end we do what we do to get through and everyone turns out okay.
Of course, toddlers can seem pretty straightforward when compared to confused, emotional tweens or (sometimes) struggling, vulnerable teenagers.
We’d wager a fiver on the fact that this couple will continue to support their children (financially and emotionally) into adulthood, because it’s truly what most parents — wealthy or not — do in the name of love.
We’ll be watching on with interest.