Some parents give children everything they ask for and do what they like. Is this good for children? What could be the consequences for these children when they grow up?
Nowadays, indulging children has become a common parenting problem. Many parents try to accommodate their children’s wishes whilst also giving them more personal freedom. This could have an adverse impact when they become adults.
In the short term, we might find that children who are granted every request will find it difficult to take no for an answer. We can argue that children like this become spoilt and self-centred if parents are not prepared to set boundaries. Firstly, such selfish behaviour from a child might take its toll on their academic performance and their lifestyle choices. For example, a dependence on their parents for everything can deprive the student of the motivation to strive hard in their studies. Further, they are likely to get into unscrupulous things such as bad company, smoking, drinking and even drugs.
In the long run, as they become grown-ups, their selfish nature will cause them to struggle in many facets of life. For instance, if as a youngster they had a generous allowance they might find it hard to budget and manage their own personal finances. Furthermore, over-lenient parents will not have taught their child lessons regarding taking personal responsibility for their actions. Consequently, this deprives the child from learning from their mistakes. In later life this might cause problems at work if their problem solving skills are lacking.
In conclusion, granting children all of their wishes can do serious harm to their personal development. This might have consequences in later life by limiting their ability to cope with problems as adults.
By Dr Rob Burto
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