I overheard a television program refer to the "Entitleist Generation" the other day and I thought to myself - finally - everyone is starting to figure it out! We all know at LEAST one Entitleist, if not many more. Job to job, always complaining that someone "owes" them something, you know the type. As you know, I am a Millennial. Growing up we were taught that LIFE ISN'T FAIR! We were also taught that you work hard for what you have, nothing comes easy, and no one (and I mean no one) is going to just hand over anything to you. So, this makes me ponder - Where did the Entitleists come from? What went wrong? AND - I think this is the most important question of all - Are you raising one? Because, they are being created left and right.
My son is a third grader. There is no better place to witness firsthand the brand-new Entitleist generation than at school. These children are the ones whose parents routinely blame everyone around them for their offspring's behavior, learning difficulties, and socialization issues. The school is always wrong and their precious child is always right. It is time that you wake up and smell the coffee people! You are doing your children and our country a disservice by raising your children this way. When I was growing up, my parents rarely sided with me over the prinicipal. It was always them vs the kids! And, that is the way it should be. It certainly taught me that you respect your elders and do what you are told.
There is right and wrong. There is fair and not fair. Someone always has to win, and someone always has to lose. What I see lacking in most children is the ability to comprehend that you have to actually WORK to get what you want.
The most startling occurence to me is that of taking the competition out of competitive sports, just so someone doesn't get hurt feelings. There is no winner or loser - no score is kept. How is that benefitting your child? They certainly can't begin to understand how to give 110% at what they are doing if there isn't an outcome. Why would you try your hardest when everyone wins anyway? Oh, I forgot - those are the kids that are in front of the tv most of the summer anyway - I guess they will learn about it there.