In our culture today, entitlement is a common issue among people of all ages. The instant gratification of modern digital technology is just one factor that contributes to this problem.
Unfortunately, an unbridled sense of entitlement can affect the work ethic, values, and social skills of children. As parents raise their kids today, they may want to consider what they can do to protect their children from feeling overly entitled.
1 Way Parents Can Help Protect Their Children From Developing a Sense of Entitlement
Does your child seem to be developing an inflated sense of entitlement? If you have noticed a sense of entitlement developing in your child, it is a safe bet that other people in your life have picked up on it too. These people may not point this out to you or your child; they may simply start keeping their distance. Confrontation is not something many people enjoy, and most do not want to have direct conflict with an entitled child. After all, what is your reaction when you interact with other children who appear to see themselves as the centers of their respective universes? What are your initial feelings about their parents?
When parents give their children every single thing that they demand, they are building a sense of entitlement in their children. Remember, there are ways to provide for our kids without giving in to their every demand. Here is one example: if your children want the more expensive, trendy pair of sneakers, you could pay for half and suggest that they do some chores to earn the money to pay for the other half. Your children will have to work for what they want and wait a small period of time before they get what they want. This will help fight off the feeling that they are entitled to instant gratification, and it will strengthen their character and keep them on the right track with their social skills.
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