Demanding Teens

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Teenagers can be pretty demanding these days.
When I was a teen, birthdays and Christmas were just about the only time my parents handed out gifts. As a result, I learned to work for the extras I wanted.  But kids today expect gifts every time their parents visit a store and they treat their parents more like ATM machines.
That’s why I encourage parents to back off and remind their kids, “I owe you nothing, but I want to give you everything. My job as a parent is not to give you everything you may want, but to teach you how to provide for yourself.”
Don’t give in to your teen’s feelings of entitlement. Instead, help them take responsibility for fulfilling their own wants, now and in the future.



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