During his 16-year career as a teacher, Jonas Harrysson has witnessed an alarming new trend in parenting. He believes the it is clear that today’s parents are spoiling and servicing their children to the point where kids feel like it is their right to always be entertain and never “bored.”
Harrysson turned to Facebook to share his thoughts about the flaws of parenting today. Since he posted it, his blunt message has gone viral being shared thousands of times.
In his message, Harrysson highlighted three major ways parents should work on improving with how they deal with their kids.
This is what he wrote about entitled kids on Facebook:
“I have worked with kids for almost 16 years and there are several things that I’ve noticed children getting worse and worse at.
“No.1. Children find it very difficult to be bored! There constantly needs to be something going on.
“Please stop spoiling and servicing your children. It’s not dangerous for them to be bored sometimes.
“No 2. I’ve met many parents who are soooo proud that their kids can read and count before starting preschool.
“Well, I hate to break it to you, but reading and counting, they’ll learn to do soon enough. Teach them instead to play, to be a good friend, and to share.
“My third point is that many children find it difficult to show gratitude, both to other kids and towards adults. Can they get an ‘another one’ is unfortunately often a first question – and ‘we only get one!?’ is a common complaint I hear.
“What happened to PLEASE!? And thanks for dinner, and thanks for the ride, and so on?
“I have no children at the moment, but if I do sometime in the future I plan to teach them to play, to be good friends, to show gratitude and to be bored from time to time. Once they’ve learned those things, then I’ll teach them to read and count:)
Once Harrysson’s post went viral, his local paper contacted him for an interview. He told the media that he thinks spoiling children produces the opposite effect parents hope for.
“By spoiling them, we’re doing them a disservice. Children have loads of imagination and we mustn’t destroy it by constantly feeding them with ideas of things to do. They can playing cowboy and Indian with just a stick and a leaf,” he told the paper.
Do you agree?
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