I read an interesting article this morning. It is all about spoiled children. And I am not talking just the issue of your spoiled 2 year old who throws a tantrum on the floor. This is bigger. This is about the kids of today…the kids who will be growing up as our world’s next ‘group out there’.
This has been a trend it seems for a while now. I see it in some of the teens and early 20′ers of today. The feeling that the world revolves around them. What caused this? This article suggests the parents are too coddling and I can’t help but agree. I have written about this before. This is one of my biggest pet peeves out there. We need to teach our children ‘the real world’. Life in the real world is not all ice cream and cupcakes.
It used to be rare. You know, remember Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? As kids we would look at her as that spoiled little brat. Well, the Veruca’s have multiplied and the results are beginning to show in our society as the Veruca’s are growing up.
When most people hear ‘spoiled’ they think…the child who gets everything. It is not just about material things. It is the child whose parents ‘baby’ them, coddle them, get them out of every tough situation, and make life easier for them. Of course we all want our kids to be happy and comfortable. What parents wouldn’t, right? But we must think about the future. Think about our kids growing up and how this type of behavior will affect them in the long run. We want them to be able to handle whatever life throws at them. Unfortunately we won’t always be there.
Have you ever noticed the teens of today go from job to job just because it is not perfect? They are looking for ‘perfect’ because Mom and Dad always gave them ‘perfect’. Perfection is rare. We must teach them that life is not perfect and has its ups and downs. We must teach them how to handle these things instead of taking them out of these situations.
How do you handle kids like this? What do you do to make sure your kids don’t turn into Veruca Salts?