Yep, I’m indispensable around the house.
My son’s despair reminded me of an item from my Facebook feed today. A young woman is suing her parents to force them to pay for her college education. The Facebook friend who posted the news bemoaned what he called the “entitlement generation.” The girl in question left home “over a family dispute” at 18 but now insists her parents owe her a free ride to college.
The news item was tailor-made for social media. It’s a little daffy and makes us feel better about our own lives. And, of course, the legal details aren’t as obvious as one would think. Beyond the legal mumbo jumbo lies a chilling thought. Why does my son expect toys from me whether I’m at home or on a work trip? Is this the first warning sign that he’ll be joining that Entitlement Generation?
Mommylibrium and I have been having a hard time with Elijah’s zest for toys. I inadvertently started the problem by buying him a small gift every time we shopped at Target. The super-chain offers a dollar toy section, so it felt harmless to buy him something whenever we go shopping. Plus, he had to behave the entire time he was at the store in order to earn it.
Now, whenever the family goes shopping at any store he expects to get a toy. Is that how Ms. Entitlement Generation 2014 got her start?
In our son’s defense, he’s only five and can’t be expected to handle receiving gifts with the maturity of an adult. And I suspect the young woman featured in that news clip was coddled above and beyond a barrage of cheap toys.
Her sad story is still a reminder to parents everywhere. A spoiled child is the fault of a misguided parent. And any dad who sees the fruit of his poor parenting on his Facebook page gets what he deserves.
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