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Three Principles to Keep Privileged Kids from Becoming Jerks
Model behavior, spend time with those who struggle, and remember all are equal!
The vast majority of healthy and loving parents want to do whatever they can to give their children a good life, have every advantage, and perhaps have opportunities that they may not have had themselves as a youth. As a parent of a high school senior myself I am amazed at the kind of quality life my son has experienced relative to my own as a youth. Who doesn’t want the very best for their kids? And who doesn't want to do all that they can to give their child every advantage in life?
Yet one of the unintended consequences of providing so much for your offspring is the risk that they will become entitled, demanding, narcissistic, and smug jerks! To make matters even worse, the classic fundamental attribution bias theory in psychology suggests that they may attribute their good fortune and success to their own efforts rather than the fact that they were lucky to be born into a family that had the motivation, interest, and means to provide them with so many helpful advantages. A lot of kids in America are, as they say, born on third base.