He owned a dairy farm. Milked about 300 head twice a day. Had about 400 acres which he rotated between corn, alfalfa, and cotton. Had 11 children, no twins. Had to go there every summer, in the Sonoran desert 100+ degrees, for a "vacation". He use to come in the boys room about 4am and turn the light on, if you didn't get up you got rousted up. Every single person in the house had chores to do, everyday. They only had 1 employee, Other than that the entire multi-million dollar operation was ran by my uncle and the kids. Serious chores, everyday. He ran it like clock work. The kids weren't a full time job, they pitched in to help the family. I guess my point is that I was taught a very different work ethic than the Romney trust fund kids where mommy coddles you.
No matter how people try, a 'one-size-fits-all' does not work in raising kids. Most families do their best with what they have, and what they know. There is nothing wrong with instilling good work values in your kids, nor is there anything wrong with adoring them and wanting to provide a comfortable lifestyle for them. I haven't seen any evidence that the 'Romney way' has been detrimental to their kids, no matter how foreign that might seem to some people.