Entitlement is prevalent in a generation that seems to be content with narcism.
What are parents left to do? I hope to provide some guidance to this question in today’s post.
A Brief Analogy to Highlight the Point
Back when I was a policeman I could tell by just performing a routine traffic stop which adults were properly trained to deal with disappointment as a child and those who were not.
It was hard to watch a 40 year-old man cry and pitch a hissy fit in front of his family over a $50.00 traffic ticket. It’s likely that as a youngster he was never trained to properly deal with disappointment.
On the other hand, another 40 year-old traffic violator may offer an apology for his violation, humbly sign the ticket and then go on his merry way. This guy was taught to deal with disappointment as a kid.
It’s OK to disappoint our children once in a while by not buying them this or allowing them that. It develops their character and saves you, and them, heartaches down the road.
Facing the Opposition to Simplistic Biblical Principles or Brainwashing
We live in a world today that is hostile to anything Christian. So breaking your kids entitlement habits by allowing them to go through disappointment may be too traditional and seen as “brainwashing.”
It’s not uncommon for Christian parents to be accused of indoctrinating our own kids with dangerous ideologies and beliefs.
But, let’s just put the brakes on this straw man, shall we. Some one or some thing is going to train our children.
Where are the critics finding THEIR point of reference for parenting? Aren’t they being just as brainwashed by our ever-changing pop culture?
If training our children by teaching them to persevere through the trials, or delaying gratification to curb entitlement, or other biblical principles that are considered “brainwashing,” then I say wash our kids’ brains with the blood of Jesus.
Conversation Starter: What are some other important areas to focus on in raising teens?