Millenials: According to Lindsey Pollak, Millenial Workplace Expert: "Those who are between the ages of 18 and 34 in 2015."
Parents, over the past thirty years, have gotten more and more indulgent in the raising of their children. They give them everything and require not much of anything. At least this is what I have seen in my little piece of the world.
My children, born in 1980 and 1984, were frequently put out with me and their dad. You see we made them work for what they wanted. We made them do chores and pay for their own mistakes.
Our son started his first job and 14 and rode his bike to work Our daughter I believe was 15 or 16 when she started to work.
I remember slammed doors when our son told us: Everyone at school is getting a new leased truck. We told him no, you will earn half, we will pay half of a reasonable used car. Both our children did earned at least half the cost of their first car and started paying their own insurance at age 18. They also took pride in that. While their friends were trashing their brand new trucks, ours were changing their own oil and taking care of "their" cars.
We as a country are crippling our children in the name of love. If we don't require them to work for themselves. How are they ever going to succeed in the real world? Year after year, our graduates are softer and softer.
I don't care how well they do in school, if they don't have the life skills to take care of themselves or hold a job, who cares what their GPA?
People, let your kids achieve something in life; work hard for what they have. Stop rewarding bad behaviour. Let them pay for their mistakes. They will learn how the real world works, develop pride in themselves for doing so. We are doing them NO favors by coddling and spoiling them.
Fantasizing the freedom hard work and responsibility brings.