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College Kids Are Selfish

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17349066/

Yeah, check this article out. Mostly about a study that says that college students these days are a lot more “narcissistic and self-centered” than previous generations. It’s not surprising, what with the “You’re so special” mentality that was so prevalent in the 80s and 90s. Not that kids aren’t, they really are. But, there is a point when you coddle children too much.

Sure, they need love, sure they need attention. But every now and then sometimes they need to know that they are JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

Sure it’s good to have confidence but sometimes we could benefit from being a little more humble.

From the article: “Unfortunately, narcissism can also have very negative consequences for society, including the breakdown of close relationships with others,” he said.

Some common results of narcissism are: lack of empathy, infidelity, lack of emotional warmth, game-playing, lack of honesty, over-bearing, violent, and controlling behavior.

“Permissiveness seems to be a component [contributing to narcissism],” he said. “A potential antidote would be more authoritative parenting. Less indulgence might be called for.”

Yeah, I’ve been saying it for years. Parents be parents. Not your kids’ best friend, not their dictator, not their buddy, not their guardian. Be a PARENT.

If you have a young child, please, as a favor to society, parent them lovingly and firmly.

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