As evidenced by social media, the temptation to become narcissistic is everywhere in our culture today. Parents must keep this in mind as they lead their children toward independence.
In a world that is often preoccupied with “I” and “me,” teaching humility to our kids is a wise practice. While confidence and independence are positive traits, parents must help their kids couple these things with humble hearts.
How Teaching Humility Can Combat Entitlement
Many child development experts today have convinced parents that bringing up a child to be independent is the preeminent goal of child rearing. Sadly, parents often take this to an unhealthy extreme; their kids acquire falsely fluffed senses of self-worth and egos that morph into entitlement.
This is the stuff bullies are made of. I agree with teaching our kids self-sufficiency, but parents must do so with limits and humility. Scripture conveys a balance between, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and, “when I am weak, then I am strong.” Even Barbra Streisand sang, “People who need people are the luckiest people.” But true humility comes from knowing God and needing people—no luck necessary.
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