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All About Me: The Age Of Entitlement

Parents these days are doing more harm than good. We are raising our children to have what I like to call the “Entitlement Syndrome.” Being entitled in this sense means: “the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment.” And parents don’t see that they are fueling this “Me, Me, Me Epidemic.”

Imagine this: A wonderful, newly mother is walking through the store with her 4 year old daughter or son, and the child has been asking the mother for toys and other assortments of items. The mother, of course, lets the child have what he wants. But, as soon as the mother realizes that the amount at the register is more than she can spend, she starts to head to the check out lines. The child then asks mom for another toy. The mother says, “No, pumpkin. That’s enough for today.”

The child then has a screaming fit, yelling and kicking the mother, saying how much she hates her. The mother being embarrassed for herself, gives in to her daughter/son. Right there, is a major flaw in today. Parents give in too easily. Children expect to be bought things anymore without doing any work for it.

A child needs to be taught to appreciate what it given to them, and what they have. There is a difference between a want, and a need. It’s the age of entitlement. Instead of a parent raising their child, the child is raising the parent. It’s quite sad to see what today has become, but we can put our foot down, and teach our kids the way they need to be brought up.  Self respect, respect for others, kindness, a gentle hand, discipline, and many more other qualities should be taught to our children.

We are the biggest influences on our children besides their peers. If we all raise our children with qualities not resembling entitlement,  our kids will be surrounded by children who were all taught the same way. No child is above the other, and no child is entitled to everything they want.

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    1. Dina said on May 29, 2017

      I am so proud to tell you that our daughter is an only child. But she grew up smart, understanding and simple.

      In her kid’s days, whenever she comes with me to the mall and she would like something, but not in my budget, I would tell her lovingly, “sweetheart, mommy’s money isn’t enough. We will not be able to buy all our needs if I buy that. But I can buy that for you on our next payday”.

      She would smile and said “of course, Mama, next time.”

      And i will not forget the next time. I will again have it with me and buy what she wants. She grew up understanding and smart.

       
    2. I agree with you; I see a lot of parents even when inside churches or places of worship who do not tell their children to keep quiet though there is a religious ceremony going on. From that you can tell what kind of parents they are!

       

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