Signs That Your Child May Have ‘Entitlement’ Issues
Amy McCready, author of “The Me, Me, Me Epidemic” (Tarcher/Penguin, $26.95), writes that many parents struggle to say “No” to their children when they most need to hear it in order to develop compassion and gratitude. McCready suggests a child may feel entitled if he or she:
- Expects bribes or rewards for good behavior.
- Rarely lifts a finger to help out around the house.
- Is more concerned about himself than others.
- Passes blame when things go wrong.
- Can’t handle disappointment.
- Needs a treat to get through the store.
- Expects to be rescued from her mistakes.
- Feels like the rules don’t apply.
- Constantly wants more, more, more.
Learn more about this “guide to raising capable, grateful kids in an over-entitled world” and find more of McCready’s tips at amymccready.com.
5 Tips for a Safe and Healthy Life
1. Eat healthy. Visit choosemyplate.gov for suggestions.
2. Be active for at least two-and-a-half hours per week, engaging in activities that raise your breathing and heart rates, and strengthen your muscles.
3. Protect yourself and your family. Use seatbelts and practice other safety skills.
4. Manage stress. Balance work and play, and encourage and model healthy behaviors.
5. Get check-ups. Schedule appropriate check-ups for your children and don’t overlook your own need for regular medical evaluations.