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The entitlement mentality that is so rife in North America is the result of bad parenting. Kids in Vancouver are devastated that they can’t own million dollar homes. They didn’t earn the right to those homes; they can’t afford them because they haven’t produced enough value to earn enough money to buy them. In my day, I lived in a house I could afford to pay for – myself. I never expected my parents or the government to give me a house. But then I wasn’t a parasite.

The world doesn’t owe you a job, either. The fact that you got a student loan or manipulated your gullible, liberal parents into paying for your university degree or college certificate means nothing. You have to earn the stuff you want to own in a capitalist society. And if you waddle around a restaurant serving tables, flip burgers, or pack shelves in Home Depot, don’t expect to live the high life, you idiot.

Perhaps, if more young people understood that you have to earn what you own, there would be more entrepreneurs and less bureaucrats. There would be more jobs and less protesters. Instead of whining about legalizing their beloved marijuana (again, if mommy and daddy didn’t smoke the stuff, it would be easier to steer their offspring away from it) and crying about the environment, they would take responsibility for their lives.

The sad reality is that parents have convinced their brood that they deserve things without paying for them, that a college degree somehow magically guarantees a high paying job, and that if you complain enough and throw a sufficient amount childish tantrums, the producers among us will simply roll over, like your weak parents, and hand over the goodies. When parents and teachers don’t teach about consequences, it’s not surprising that this spoiled lot have no concept of accountability.

Remember the cheerleaders and jocks at high school who end up working for the nerds? That kid whose mother screams “good job!” every time he opens his eyes and refuses to discipline the child is sowing to the wind, and little Johnny will one day reap from the whirlwind. She is not doing him any favours. Helicopter parenting is a sad, sad thing. Immersing your children in situational ethics and the “anything goes” mentality will destroy their lives.

Fortunately, not all young people are spoiled brats. There are a few responsible, well behaved, polite, disciplined kids out there who are doing now what others won’t do so that they will one day have what other people won’t have. They are paying the price now and they will reap the benefits in a big way, because there will be infinitely little competition. Those are the kids you see studying in libraries on Saturdays while the rest are smoking dope and playing video games. Those are the kind of boys and girls between 14 and 18 who voluntarily attend classes before the school day even starts.

“The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tomorrow’s leaders are the boys and girls whose parents teach them right from wrong, who hold them accountable, who lead by example, who encourage them to read good books and associate with decent kids who share their values. They teach their children to live upright lives of which they can be proud. Those young people are the hope of the future. They’ll hit the bull’s eye.

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com

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