It’s not unusual to hear a parent express their guilt over placing their child in daycare. As a result, they will honestly admit that they don’t discipline, set limits, and tend to overindulge their children with material things.
In response to this, we would like to bring attention to an informative show Dr. Phil had recently. It was titled Generation Me. It was given this title to represent some of the young people today, because as a group, experts say, they are self absorbed, spoiled, and impatient and feel entitled to have everything without working for it. Dr. Phil said, “Someone once said to me the older generation talks about the younger generation as though they had nothing to do with it.”
He explains, these children were not born like this, it’s been cultivated in them from an early age. He said it happens because parents feel guilty because they have to work, they haven’t spent enough time with their children, or they feel their child has it too hard. Consequently, to help the parent feel better in the moment they give in to their child’s every need and want. By doing this, Dr. Phil explains, as a society we are crippling our children. We are taking away their inner drive and discipline and leaving them with the feeling that everything will be given to them.
Author Jean Twenge who wrote the book Generation Me was a guest on the show. She said it best in her book when she wrote, “Your kids are special to you, but they need to learn that they have to earn being special in the world by their performance and holding themselves accountable.”
Whether you agree or not, a thought provoking show, don’t you think? And keep in mind, a quality daycare will be setting limits and discipline. Without this, it would be total chaos in the building.
~ Jackie & Jo-Jo