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How do you feel about this new finding? I think we need to let kids be kids, teach them life is hard and things don’t always go our way. We aren’t always going to win and we aren’t always going to lose, but we should always try and do our best. This is what we try to instill in our sons. Hopefully by the time they are older and on their own they will realize we were right and the things you want and the things you need differ. We also try to tell remind them, as the old Rolling Stone song goes...’you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes…you get what you need!’
I believe teaching our kids to live by this motto is one way to help keep them balanced and keep them from developing a sense of entitlement. Hopefully they will also learn that if you work hard, you can get what you need. I think the biggest thing is teaching kids the difference between needs and wants and prioritizing those things. Like my sons will tell me they really want something…and I will say I really want a million dollars, but I can’t have it. Parents need to keep kids balanced by setting boundaries and saying “no” sometimes, even when it can be hard to listen to them whine and complain.