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Spoiling Your Children Does More Harm Than Good

All parents wants to give their children everything they can, however parents need to be careful that they don't spoil their children because in doing so they are doing more harm than good. I recently read a story of a mother who had to work three jobs in order to fund her teenage daughter's lifestyle.

If children are given everything they demand then they will never learn the value of money and how to work for what they want. They will not grow up learning life skills and they will get a shock when they are forced to enter the real world.

Parents should make children work for what they want and teach them the value of money by perhaps making them wait. Its very important that parents ensure that their children grow up knowing that money doesn't grow on trees.

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KristinRavelle wrote on May 25, 2015, 9:08 AM

I agree that teenagers need to learn that if they want something, at some point they are going to have to figure out how to get it themselves. With all the online possibilities for earning even a little money, this shouldn't be too difficult.

JohnRoberts wrote on May 25, 2015, 9:39 AM

Parents are not spoiling children as much as indulging them and their whims. They are not saying NO to a child's demands. I have witnessed this. One of life's lessons when growing up is learning the meaning of no and that you do not get something because you demand. These indulged children are growing up into undisciplined adults falling into financial trouble and embracing the government nanny state.

DanieGirl8587 wrote on May 25, 2015, 9:53 AM

I definitely fear spoiling my child, but I also do not want to neglect them and give them the best and what I did not have growing up. The world has changed though since I was a kid/teen. New technology and it is a world where pretty much everything is at your beck and call. It is better to teach our children the value of a dollar and responsibility. Do not shelter them too much or they will get a shocking reality when they get kicked out into this cruel world. We want to teach them how to survive and be decent human beings.

wolfgirl569 wrote on May 25, 2015, 10:48 AM

I have a cousin who is supporting her grown grandsons yet today. She raised them because their parents would not and spoiled both sets of kids. She is even buying a house for one of them because she says she dont want to raise his kids also. No way I will go that far on feeling like I owe them anything for any reason