TODAY'S YOUTH ENTITLED TO GOOD

Log on to nearly any website focused on raising today's youth, and you'll likely find yourself reading about entitlement. A child or teen who feels entitled expects whatever he or she wants, whenever he or she wants it.

This phenomenon certainly doesn't describe every young person, but it's widespread enough to make headlines and spawn a growing pool of child behavioral consultants. "Entitlement children are children who have learned from experience that they will get what they want if they demand loud enough or insist long enough," writes parenting consultant Karen Deerwester. "They might accomplish this with irresistible charm or with forceful persistence. Either way, not only do they know how to get their way, they expect it" (Karen Deerwester, The Entitlement-Free Child: Raising Confident and Responsible Kids in a "Me, Mine, Now!" Culture, Sourcebooks, Inc., 2009).

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