Entitlement is a hot topic in today’s society. So how do we, as parents, raise children without the “entitlement gene?”
Entitlement, along with impatience and impulsiveness are traits that are learned. Inversely, we can set up parenting strategies to negate these traits and develop happy, content and healthy kids.
Cool, Calm & Collected
What kind of adult will your child grow up to be? One who is impulsive, impatient and entitled; or, one who’s calm, cool and collected? Proverbs 15: 18 says, a hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.”
When our kids are young, the wise parent rarely gives-in to Junior’s impulsive urges. And if we’re quick to bring consequences upon Junior for whining or acting out when he’s told “no” the entitlement we see in so many kids today will never take root. Junior will learn contentment and patience, especially if we offer creative incentives or rewards for waiting. The point is that we don’t want to feed into Junior’s impulsivity. It’s true, “Good things DO come to those who wait.”
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