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5 Red Flags You're Raising An Entitled Kid

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08.04.2021

Parents certainly don’t set out to raise children who are entitled — kids who think that they’re somehow owed something by the world around them — but it happens.

And not just to kids who grow up with privilege (financial or otherwise); it can really happen to anyone. Children develop a sense of entitlement in large part because of how they’re parented — like, if they’re not given enough responsibility or not taught how to deal with setbacks. Raising non-entitled kids is important not just because parents generally want to raise good humans. It’s also important because moving through life with a sense of entitlement can take a real toll on their long-term emotional and mental well-being.

Luckily, experts say it’s pretty easy to rein in a child whose sense of entitlement has gotten out of hand — if you know what to watch for. Here are five signs to look out for, and some simple changes you can make right away.

Red flag #1: They can’t take care of themselves

Obviously children cannot fully tend to their own needs, but “teaching responsibility is a huge, huge task of parenting,” said Aliza Pressman, co-founder of the Mount Sinai Parenting Center and host of the “Raising Good Humans” podcast.

And one really powerful way for kids to start to develop a sense of responsibility is to manage some of their own self-care.

So toddlers can start self-dressing (or at least experimenting with putting on an item of clothing or two) as they develop the gross and fine motor skills needed to do so ― and parents should give them space and time........

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