Want To Avoid Raising Entitled Kids? Don’t Do These 4 Things.

A few days ago, I was watching the Netflix documentary “Operation Varsity Blues,” which takes a deep dive into the 2019 college admissions scandal, and I was floored, once again, by the entitlement on display at every level — from the parents down to the kids. I patted myself on the back, knowing that my own two angels could never, ever be like that, and that they have no illusions about being handed anything in life.

Then I got in a fight with my 2-year-old, who refused to bend down and pick up a granola bar wrapper he’d thrown on the floor because “I tooo tireeeeed!” And I listened to my kindergartner petition for a toy he’d seen in a store window on his walk home from school that he felt certain should be his, and I quote: “Because I want it?”

Entitlement is a thorny word that encompasses a range of behaviors, from small daily displays of spoiled-ness to parents bribing schools to get their undeserving child into college. Of course, most parents don’t set out to raise children who are entitled, but experts say there are some common mistakes moms, dads and other caregivers unintentionally make along the way, which can contribute to children growing up with the sense that something (anything) is owed to them. Here are four to keep in mind.


Kathleen Notes: The true problem here is that we are sinners who are raising sinners. This article is worth your time to read, very well done.

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