Do You Totally Spoil Your Kids Or Think They Should Earn What They Yearn?
We have all seen it, that bratty child in the store throwing a tantrum over something they can’t have, don’t need and definitely, don’t deserve.
Everyone tries to avert their eyes, and “SMH” to themselves, but everyone is thinking one of two things: 1) that kid needs their tail tore up, or 2) that kid is going to be a monster when they’re older. Not a ghoul or goblin hiding under the bed, or in the closet, but the selfish, entitled jerks, that make work unbearable. The kind of creepy crawler that was given literally everything they’ve ever wanted, when they wanted it, turning them into instant gratification leeches. The bains to everyone’s existence.
Unanimously, we can agree that had some people been told ‘no’ a little more, been the stewards of patience and deprivation a few times, we would all be better off. Hollywood actress, and “Sex & The City” icon, Sarah Jessica Parker would also agree. In an interview with People.com, she discussed her not-so-glamourous childhood and how it paved the way for her ambition and tenacity. Parker expressed her intention behind not spoiling her three children so that they feel and understand true desire.
“Things they want, I think they should yearn for, and in some cases, as my son gets older, I think he should earn,” adds Parker, 51. “I think it’s good to pine for something so that when you get it, it has such meaning. You aren’t casual about the possession.”
Growing up, Parker says, she often went without, yet she always had everything she needed. Her childhood was rich with intangible experiences and exposure to the arts, despite not always have the best gifts at Christmas time or the electricity being cut off. Though things were often tough, Sarah took notes on her parents hard work and sacrifice. With an optimistic outlook she reflects on her past endearingly, hoping to instill the same lessons she picked up along the way into her children.
Counting her blessings, SJP is thankful for her experiences and pays homage to her journey and perseverance through continuous hard work and reverence for her mother.
“For the most part, we had everything we needed — not always, but for the most part,” she says. “Not having everything you want is a blessing. I think wanting is a great gift.”
How do you serve humble pie? Do you have spoiled children? What are some ways you work to instill valuable life lessons into your children? Comment below and share!