8 Ways to Avoid Raising a Spoiled Brat

Photo by: Nima Badiey via Flickr
Let them fail
Yeah, I said it. You know why? Because failure is a powerful teaching tool. It's how we figure out what doesn't work and hone in on what does. It's not ... more 
Photo by: Nima Badiey via Flickr
Let them fail
Yeah, I said it. You know why? Because failure is a powerful teaching tool. It's how we figure out what doesn't work and hone in on what does. It's not a bad thing; it's simply part of the process.
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Thu, Aug 2, 2012 11:36 AM EDT
The other day I was having a discussion with a friend whose kid could not find a job. You know how she knew? Because she was the one doing the looking! She was the one scouring the ads, waking up her college graduate child, filling his new car (that he got for a graduation present) with gas and telling him which jobs he should apply for. Her son, in the meantime, did nothing but tell her which jobs were his "dream jobs" and which he couldn't be bothered with. This case may be extreme but it raises an important issue. As parents, we obviously want our kids to succeed, but how much should we personally be involved in that success? Here are 8 ways to raise a successful, independent kid instead of a spoiled, entitled brat. -By Rene Syler



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