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Is There Such a Thing as a Spoiled Child?

What is "spoiled" to some may be "spirited" to another. While some parents expect their children to march to the beat of an adult drummer, others delight in watching kiddos pave their own way with their defined personalities. Is a child who pitches a fit late at night in a toy store tired or spoiled? Is a tot who runs in the opposite direction than he's been directed a free thinker or spoiled? Is a 2-year-old not wanting to share a developmental issue, or is she spoiled? LilSugar readers had very passionate views as to what constitutes a spoiled kid, and this made me wonder — is there even such a thing?

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I agree with the two anonymous posters; having parents who pay for your car/insurance/gas does not make you a spoiled teenager; it's more about the attitude you display. As for younger children, I agree with everyone else; it depends on so many factors. If a two-year-old throws a fit about sharing his favorite toy, I wouldn't necessarily call him spoiled (even though the behavior is obviously undesirable). If a 12-year-old throws a fit about sharing his favorite toy, I'd be much more likely to label him as spoiled.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Of course there are spoiled children. And I do think it's almost completely the parents' fault.. you're not just born with that. To all those people who say that disciplining a child hinders their free spirit: Please. There is a happy medium between giving your child everything he/she wants, and crushing their spirit by being too strict.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Yes, and many of them are spoiled well into adulthood!
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
My neices are spoiled brats (5 and almost 7). They are completely unappreciative and disrespectful. I blame their parents.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I HATE spoiled teenagers, it is the most arrogant thing ever. I know this one kid that had a job, but got a free car from his parents, doesn't have to pay insurance, and as long as he has a job he doesn't have to pay for gas. I was like seriously? My bank account was almost bone dry after my first car, but at least I can say that I did it myself.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Yes! What MissSushi said! It's impossible to spoil a baby. Toddlers are going to exhibit "spoiled child" behavior more often than older children because they haven't learned self-control and they haven't learned that just because they want something, doesn't mean they're entitled to it or that they will get it. If a parent doesn't teach a toddler or a preschooler these things, he or she will be spoiled.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
both of my kids are
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
You can't label any of these things across the board with the word "child". Just a difference in age (a 2 yo vs a 7 yo) alone makes it developmentally impossible.
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