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Are We There Yet?

The world is my oyster … right?

At our meeting Saturday morning, someone brought up the subject of the sense of entitlement that many children seem to have these days. I shared a conversation I had with a college professor the day before about some of the more outrageous examples of spoiled students she’s had to deal with - parents who demand a wake-up call for their student because they can’t get up on their own, and even a parent who sent a recipe for a cake, which she expected the professor to bake and bring to class for her child’s birthday (the request was politely refused).

The professor theorized that this was a generational thing - that these students have had every moment of their young lives planned and coordinated for them to the point that they can’t function without being given explicit instructions, and are only motivated by immediate rewards.

There were other great examples brought up at the meeting - I’ll let you share those stories yourselves, as well as your thoughts on the issue. Is this a widespread problem? If so, what do you think is the cause? And as parents, what are you doing to help your children become self-sufficient?

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