Mar 17, 2017 by Will Maule

4 Ways To Deal With The Sense Of Entitlement In Your Kids

Children are a wonderful gift from God. But it is also very important that as Christians we raise them in the knowledge of the Lord. We must instil a sense of humility before God, because if we don't, we can find that our children may become very entitled! That being said, they may have become entitled through no fault of your own! So, Patrick Mabilog at Christian Today highlights 4 ways we can break this.

1. Remind them who's in charge
"The big question behind every battle for entitlement, whether in adults or children, is this: "Who's the boss?" While our children may have control and ownership over certain areas, there are other areas that they might feel they have a say over when they actually don't. In situations like this, it's good to reinforce and remind them who's in charge. Many times it might be you, it might be a teacher or a guardian, it might be an older sibling, or it might be God. Whoever is in charge, we must teach our children to submit to authority."

2. Expose them to harsh realities
"The desire to shield children from the harsh realities of the world is innate in every parent. However, we have to allow them to face the harsh realities of life at a non-dangerous and tolerable level. It's when our children learn to fail, to process a loss, and to have to work for something they want that they learn the values of humility and diligence."

3. Teach your children to earn some things
"Many of the things our children receive from us are things that they need not have to earn—like a roof over their heads and food in their tummies. But there are things they want that they have to earn to get—like a video game, toy, gadget or vacation. When our children learn how to earn some things, their sense of entitlement is challenged."

4.  Allow your children to be of help to others
"There's nothing that breaks the sense of entitlement more than generosity. "It's more blessed to give than to receive" as the Bible tells us in Acts 20:35. When we allow our children to experience the grace of giving, it challenges their pride and sense of entitlement by allowing them to see and appreciate the value in others apart from themselves."

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