I’ve been thinking a lot about entitlement lately. There are a couple of news items out floating around detailing studies done of young people born between about 1980 and 2000 (give or take). These are the kids who are victims beneficiaries of the self-esteem movement. Speaking only in generic terms, many of them have an over-inflated self-concept, believing that they should get the corner office and personal secretary right out of college.
My first thought was “Ugh.” If there’s one trait that I dislike in a person, it’s that arrogance that comes with a sense of entitlement.
We’ve all seen it: kids who demand the biggest cookie or first turn at a game…who won’t take no for an answer. The ones who never stop saying “gimme, gimme”.
Where does this come from, exactly? And how do we stop it?
I think that thankfulness is one of the keys to this problem. What else causes it?
And how do we teach our children to be thankful?
Earnest Parenting: help for parents who want to combat entitlement.
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