2018 Midwest Book Awards Winner!
It's easy to judge today's younger generations--children, teens, and young adults who think they always deserve to have their individuality celebrated and their happiness prioritized. So what happens when your own kid whom you don't recall lavishing with rewards or money--acts entitled, always focused on his
wants or her
needs? Good news: from any age, you can help your child evolve into a confident, motivated adult who understands that many of the best things in life are earned.
Starting with a ten-question quiz, Earn It! What to Do When Your Kid Needs an Entitlement Intervention
shows how to create a family culture where responsibilities are honored, praise has meaning, decisions are made skillfully, and gratitude is second nature. You'll find practical tips on chores and allowances, friends and social media, needs and wants, co-parenting, and cultivating true resilience. With family exercises and parent challenges drawn from real-life scenarios, this book guides you to reflect on your own assumptions and adjust your parenting style for a family dynamic that nurtures children into generous, balanced, hard-working adults.
Michael G. Wetter, PsyD, and Eileen Bailey
are the authors of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now
. A nationally recognized behavioral health expert, Wetter is a diplomate and fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association. Bailey, a writer specializing in behavioral health, is the coauthor of Idiot's Guides: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
and The Essential Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
Also available as an E-book available to purchase from your favorite e-book retailer.
Entitlement is often confused with the word affluenza, a term used to describe the spoiledness of the very rich. But entitlement occurs across all income groups. It's a state of mind, the concept that "I deserve, even without putting in an effort."
This attitude begins at home, but often our society helps reinforce it. Think of the so-called participant trophies given to all kids playing on a sports team--not just those who excel. Early prevention of entitled attitudes can help lower the risk of our kids' future addiction, but of course, it's no guarantee.
Earn It! What to Do When Your Kid Needs an Entitlement Intervention will teach you how to create a family culture where responsibilities are honored, praise has meaning, decisions are made skillfully, and gratitude is second nature.