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Raising a responsible child

In our affluent 21st century society many families enjoy a level of prosperity never before experienced in history. For many the “perfect” life is now seen as a real possibility. With the right lifestyle, hard work, intelligent choices and enough responsibility our dreams can come true – and the same applies to our children. If your kid is a responsible child, he/she will experience great success in life.

Parents fulfill themselves  though their children – if their children are successful then they feel successful. It is natural that parents want to protect their children from influences they feel are bad for them. Many are of the opinion that a generation of “over-protective” parents – creating “overprotected” children – has grown into a 21st century illness. Many parents do everything for their children, trying to shelter them from life’s setbacks, roadblocks and enemies. They transport them everywhere by car instead of letting them take the bus; they don’t expect them to help with everyday housework. This lifestyle for a little kid can cause huge problems later on when the child has to live independently from his/her parents. Even critics suggest that children of such parents will get used to this easy, comfortable life and will find it difficult to manage later when they need to stand on their own feet. However, it is not only parents who impose unreasonable demands or have unrealistic expectations.

The ability and opportunities to make individual demands has increased within society in general. It has become the “I want it now” generation where material luxuries are assumed automatically; information can be accessed instantaneously and a request or problem should be handled within minutes through digitalization.

I recommend the book “The Trophy kids grow up” which explores the challenges of parents needing to face “the most demanding and spoilt generation in history”.

In our affluent 21st century society many families enjoy a level of prosperity never before experienced in history. For many the “perfect” life is now seen as a real possibility. With the right lifestyle, hard work, intelligent choices and enough responsibility our dreams can come true – and the same applies to our children. If your kid is a responsible child, he/she will experience great success in life.

Parents fulfill themselves  though their children – if their children are successful then they feel successful. It is natural that parents want to protect their children from influences they feel are bad for them. Many are of the opinion that a generation of “over-protective” parents – creating “overprotected” children – has grown into a 21st century illness.

Many parents do everything for their children, trying to shelter them from life’s setbacks, roadblocks and enemies. They transport them everywhere by car instead of letting them take the bus; they don’t expect them to help with everyday housework. This lifestyle for a little kid may cause huge problems later on when the child has to live independently from his/her parents. Even critics suggest that children of such parents will get used to this easy, comfortable life and will find it difficult to manage later when they need to stand on their own feet. However, it is not only parents who impose unreasonable demands or have unrealistic expectations.

The ability and opportunities to make individual demands has increased within society in general. It has become the “I want it now” generation where material luxuries are assumed automatically; information can be accessed instantaneously and a request or problem should be handled within minutes through digitalization.

I recommend the book “The Trophy kids grow up” which explores the challenges of parents needing to face “the most demanding and spoilt generation in history”.