I have encountered many adults who act as if the rules of the world don't apply to them. In the last few years I have encountered children who act as if the world revolves around them. I wonder if these adults and these children are related. Could they be the parent and child in one family?
Are you raising an "entitled" child? Who me, you ask? Yes you! There are plenty of you out there because I encounter your children everywhere I go. The kid who is dancing on the clothing display in Target while you look at him and keep shopping. Its the kid on the airplane who is kicking my seat. Instead of making him stop, you tell me that my first round of drinks is on you because your kid will kick my seat. Your kid sits on the floor under the table instead of sitting in a chair like the other students in class. The iPhone 4S toting teenager who keeps getting detentions and suspensions in school. The kid who treats the restaurant booth like its her personal trash can and you don't even try to make her clean up her mess.
Parents when you think its alright to let your child experience life the way he/she sees fit, you are not setting boundaries. When your kid goes to school or is involved in social activities he doesn't understand why he can't do what he wants to do. Too many parents want to be their child's friend. They want to be the nice, cool parent. You want your child to like you, so you indulge him. If you want to be friends with a child, go hang out with your nieces and nephews. You can avoid the hard job of parenting.
I don't understand this sense of entitlement that kids have today. Who told these kids that they can do whatever they want without consequence. Who told them that they are supposed to get whatever they want, when they want it. Was it you? Take my quick non-scientific quiz to determine if you could be raising an "entitled" child.
1) Do you buy your child something, every time you go to the store?
2) Do you allow your child to run around and throw tantrums in a restaurant?
3) Do you allow your child to wear a costume outside of your home, when its not Halloween?
4) Do you allow your child to hit you or disrespect you?
UPDATE: In my last blog, I stated that I would hopefully be able to post the answers to my questions regarding the selective enrollment high school process. CPS is still working on getting the answers to my 10 questions. I will keep you informed of the progress on this issue. Thanks for reading my blog! Please follow me on twitter: @goodnbadparents