I’ve worked as a nanny and a babysitter for years, and there were definitely some monsters on my client list. But there’s now a whole group of writers proposing that American kids just don’t know how to act like grownups.
Interestingly, this article takes the idea of American kids being more spoiled than kids from other countries and tries to apply it to the high rate of adults now living with their parents. At first that can a little offending — the job market sucks, after all! Sometimes you have to move in with your parents because you genuinely can’t afford to do what you want. But I’m sure we can all relate to adulthood seeming scary, and that sometimes it’s easier to regress back to how you were as a kid. That idea, while understandable, could be a symptom of something bigger.
It’s definitely an interesting idea: Is it possible to grow up spoiled and not know it? I worked all through college, and hardly took any money from my parents in the process. But I did take help from my grandparents, and my parents certainly helped me out with my schoolwork when I was younger. My mom once even finished a school project for me so I could get some sleep that night — that definitely sounds like something that would happen to a spoiled kid. If I had a kid today, I don’t think I’d do that for them. But I would be tempted to get them an iPod so they could listen to music while walking to school…
Your thoughts on this, please!
[via The New Yorker]
What do you think of this idea, Lovelies? Do you think American children are raised to be more dependent than those in different countries?
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