DELAYED GRATIFICATION – Is your child eaten up with a sense of entitlement? Does he show no appreciation for the things you’ve provided him throughout his upbringing? It may be that he’s never had to endure delayed gratification. Whether a pre-schooler or a teenager, when one of our kids is overly anxious for us to purchase, or otherwise provide something that is extravagant, or more of a want than a need, parents would do well to say “No” for the time being and see how Junior responds.
We can tell a great deal about our kids’ heart during times like these. Where we go wrong is when we aren’t willing to deal with our child’s negative responses. “No” needs to be the standard until Junior can deal with a no without embarrassing himself or you. He’ll come to appreciate things; and, that sense of entitlement will start to go away.