The age of entitlement’s been around for a while. As a former teacher and current counselor in public schools, I’ve observed privileged teens over the last three decades, beginning with kids raised in an American economy of plenty. Not only do modern kids receive excessive material items, they get trophies entitled kidsjust for being on a team, and expect A’s for minimal work.

Raising teens myself, I’ve also witnessed an expectation of entitlement that’s embedded in the current generation. Even if you don’t raise your kids to expect privilege, today’s youth assume they should have certain benefits.

So how do you raise kids in an entitlement generation? How do you teach fiscal responsibility, understanding the connection between work, debt, and living a life within your means? As part of a monthly series on privilege, here are the first principles that will get us started:

  1. Accept that entitlement part of your teens culture. After talking with well-meaning, intentional parents, it’s evident that teens and tweens “absorb” entitlement just being in today’s society. It permeates from peers, media, and advertising. You can raise your kids without extra privileges, and they still might have those expectations. Understanding this helps your own expectations of how to teach your children.

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