There has been a couple great videos going around about the problems our society is facing with the millennials. This one in particular is well-worth the 15 minutes if you haven’t seen it already:
I’ve seen or heard a number of discussions recently on how people with young children are fighting back against this trend. We are dong this by:
- Saying no (probably) way more than yes
- Teaching responsibility (with chores, saying sorry if you hurt someone, being mindful of surroundings, etc.)
- Ensuring there are consequences (time outs when younger, taking away privileges, etc. as they get older)
- Teaching good manners
- Praising effort, not result (unless very special, like a first soccer goal)
- Teaching delayed gratification
- Ensuring they have independent play-time (not relying on us to entertain them)
- Explaining why their behaviour is mean/rude/disrespectful/etc.
One thing I despise is when other adults say “it’s okay” or “it’s no big deal” when we’re trying to teach or discipline our kids in public. My stock response is usually “thank you, but our child is working on learning **insert skill here**”.
What kinds of strategies have you used to try and combat entitlement and the other traits that go along with it?