Sunday, October 26, 2014

Speaking for the spoiled brats, underachievers, and bleeding hearts


Your child does not have to love you every minute of every day. He’ll get over the disappointment of having been told “no.” But he won’t get over the effects of being spoiled. –Dr. Phil

…what we have is an entire generation of young adults who got everything they ever wanted with little or no work, we have a cultural norm and it’s a problem. –Kristen Welch

Perhaps the biggest problem with entitlement is that under its illusions, there seem to be no real consequences in life and no motivation to work for anything. Someone will always bail you out, get you off the hook, buy you a new one, make excuses for you, give you another chance, pay your debt, and hand you what you ask for. –Richard and Linda Eyre

The entire idea of my parents having four kids on one income made us make tough choices all the time. We hardly ever ate out.  We nervously asked my dad for two quarters to play video games…but never more. “That’s too much,”  we’d say to each other. –Ramit Sethi

The younger generation doesn’t want to have to really “work” for a living. They want everything handed to them. They don’t want to have to go without their “extras.” They “deserve” everything, and cannot fathom having to go without it because they cannot afford it. No one is entitled to anything, and unless one works for it, you don’t deserve to have it. – Kathy Lambert


If there were some sort of "agree-o-meter" to measure the extent of universally shared opinion on any particular topic, this one would probably be off the scale. It seems there's no one on this whole planet who sees any worth whatsoever in parents not running their households like pure capitalist systems - I give you a dollar, you'd darn better work your little tushie off to earn it.
Yeah, it's true -- kids as a rule don't understand the value of money, and they always want things. I don't think there's any force on earth that can change that basic psychological fact of the human condition. My son, raised in the 1990s-2000s, had that mindset, but so did I, three decades earlier. It might be a "new" thing, relatively speaking, as in, post-World War II, but it isn't something that just sprang up with the current generation.