Giving children everything without any need to work for it or waiting to earn something means a life of instant gratification. Why isn’t the word “No” an option anymore? Because then there would be whining and struggle and the need for tough love, and it’s easier to shrug and just give in. And yet…..working for something that becomes more prized and valued due to the labor involved….doesn’t that mean more? I know it did for me and I can’t image what I might have become if everything had been handed to me.
Here’s a question: if parents aren’t willing to teach their kids about responsibility and actions which have consequences, then where will they learn it? Answer: if they can’t learn at home from an early age what is right, wrong or unacceptable, they will never have respect for authority or anyone else. As parents enable the demands and refuse to set boundaries, are they at the same time shaping their children into little entitled monsters? What happens if these kids become a detriment to society rather than an asset? We will simply blame everyone else for requiring something from them? If the children of today grow up believing the world “owes them”, then begin to have their own kids, the cycle will only continue. I fear that we are rapidly becoming a product of our own indulgence and permissiveness; fostering and creating a society of disrespect.