I recently read a poll, conducted by CNN and Time, that said two-thirds of American parents think that their kiddos are spoiled. The reality is that we live in a world where most kids have cell phones, 10 pairs of $20 Nike Elite socks, iPods, iPads, PlayStations, in room TV’s, Six Flags passes, maids (that would be you mom and dad), $250 a month athletic leagues, toddler Escalades, Leap Pad Explorers and 10,000 Beanie Babies!!?! (yeah, Beanie Babies are a bit old skool)
The one and only Dr. Phil says that “indulgence is one of the most insidious forms of child abuse.”
Can I get an amen? Preach it Dr. Phil sporting your cul-de-sac hair do.
So here are 10 signs your kids are spoiled rotten…
- Your kids put in less than 1 hour a week helping around the house
- Your daughter frequently complains that she is bored and will not play on her own
- Your kids continually interrupt when you are on the phone are talking to others
- Consistently obeys his parents after the 4th time
- Expects to always go out to eat
- They expect you to buy at least $300 worth of back to school clothes
- They walk in selfishness and rarely say thank you
- Your son has to be asked and begged to do simple house hold chores
- Your kids are unemployed
- Your son throws tantrums, disobeys, cops an attitude, disrespects you in public and wont share his Fun-Dip with other kids
Does any of these signs sound familiar? If so, here are 10 ways to reverse the spoiled curse in your kids…
- SAY NO INSTEAD OF YES: Prepare your kids for the real world. In the real world you NEVER get whatever you want.
- RE-DEFINE SUCCESS: Teach your kids success is not what you drive, wear or how many Facebook friends you have.
- MAKE THEM FREAKIN WORK: Read my 14 year old son’s post on working. ACCEPTABLE CHILD ABUSE
- PAY THE PIPER: Make them pay their own iPhone data plan or cell phone service. My son does!
- MOW A YARD: Have your son serve a neighbor by mowing, baking cookies or raking leaves.
- DETHRONE THE KING OR QUEEN: Stop continually giving them praise and making them the star of the show.
- UN-SPOIL YOU: Your kids may be selfish because YOU are selfish.
- GIVE STUFF AWAY: Have your kids go through their stuff and give some of the good stuff away.
- STOP SAYING “I”: Make your kids go the entire day without saying “I”. This one is nearly impossible.
- BORE YOUR KIDS: Yep, believe it or not you don’t have to be your kids recreation director. I have learned that when I intentionally bore my kids…innovation and creativity is born! Read this post called BORE YOUR KIDS.
Have you spoiled your kids? Name 1 thing you can do today to STOP spoiling your kids.