Sadly, we live in a society and culture that encourages a sense of entitlement from some children, but not all. Even if we raise a grateful child, children may still go through the sense of entitlement, ungrateful stage. Although that doesn’t indicate whether they will stay ungrateful or entitled forever, parents still need to have control over their attitudes.
As a child, I was grateful for the roof over my head, the food on the table. I was grateful for just about everything. I never stopped to question anything. It’s just the way I was. It’s only later on that we come to understand our life and how things turn out. The old-fashioned values are what we lived by, as did our parents, as did their parents before them.
Children tend to see their world through other children’s eyes. From an early age, children are conditioned to want what other children have. They see what other children have and want what they’ve got, if it’s more than they’ve got. Children grow up thinking and believing they’re privileged; everything starts and stems from their thinking.
Of course, as parents if we don’t encourage our children to think new things, our children will continue to process their thinking believing they’re privileged. Being spoilt isn’t just a practical thing. Sadly, parents may sometimes spoil their children to believe they’re brilliant, amazing children and that changes their thinking and how they choose to behave.
Children may also show signs of arrogance, be conceited, feel superior, big headed and may also lack the respect, but even with some or all those things behind them, the right disciplines in place, will usually bring about the right outcome in the longer term.
Nothing is ever set in stone, we can change the way we see ourselves. Old thought patterns can be changed. We can change our thinking on just about everything. I’m testament to that.