Afraid of Raising Overly Entitled Kids? Read This
Parenting expert Amy McCready shares her advice on how to make sure your children aren't being spoiled too much at home in this post originally featured on Fatherly.
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One thing should be clear to any parent who is paying attention: children are monsters. If you've never called your child an egocentric, entitled tyrant (at least to yourself), chances are you're not spending enough time with him or her. Even Gandhi, by his own admission, was a little turd as a kid. Qualities like empathy and selflessness don't just happen, they have to be learned. That's just science.
According to parenting pundits, social critics, and self-righteous adults, there is an "epidemic" of entitlement among kids (or anyone younger than us, in general) these days. Parenting expert Amy McCready has done some research on this egotistic plague in her book The Me, Me, Me Epidemic. She identifies the hapless child of the '70s self-esteem movement as Patient Zero and traces the vectors of contagion to our current crop of spoiled narcissists.