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Our Children Should Be Entitled

Updated on September 6, 2014
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

Nowadays, the common thread that is heard from some parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. is that most children feel they are entitled - entitled to everything without earning it. That children want what they want right now and they don't want to wait for it. That children think they should be given what they ask for with no questions asked and they are not going to work for what they want either. We must ask ourselves, why do some think that our children are this way? Whose fault is it? Did we raise our children this way? If we did, why get angry or annoyed with them? Let's look at the definition of the word "entitled." It means - qualified for by right according to law. For example, I'm a U.S. citizen and because I was born in the U.S. or for some, have become Naturalized U.S. citizens, my U.S. birth qualifies me to be entitled to certain rights according to certain laws in the U.S. So what is it that our children are entitled to? I have a different spin on what our children are entitled to. Check this out.

Things our children are entitled to.

  • Entitled to pursue an education
  • Entitled to share with others
  • Entitled to do the right thing when the opportunity presents itself or when it doesn't present itself, and/or even when no one is watching
  • Entitled to be successful for themselves and for others
  • Entitled to teach others
  • Entitled to be self sufficient
  • Entitled to hold our elected officials accountable since they are supposed to work for us anyway
  • Entitled not to let technological devices, reality TV, and movies distract them from what's going on in the world around them
  • Entitled to participate in the world around them
  • Entitled to keep themselves healthy for their sake and their families
  • Entitled to show random acts of kindness
  • Entitled to be respected
  • Entitled to show respect
  • Entitled to respect their parents even when they don't feel like it or when their parents don't show respect towards them (yes, this does happen)
  • Entitled to walk in integrity
  • Entitled to say "no" when it's appropriate and not feel bad about it
  • Entitled to always set a good example
  • Entitled to create a good working environment for themselves and for others
  • Entitled to keep their neighborhoods and communities clean
  • Entitled to speak a kind word
  • Entitled to contribute positively to the household in which they live
  • Entitled to read a good book
  • Entitled to do what they ought to do, and not what they can or allowed to do
  • Entitled to obey the law

This is just a short list of what I think our children are "entitled" to, and all require work, mental and physical. I say our children should be entitled, but entitled to things that will cause them to be better individuals.


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      Joy 6 years ago

      When I first read this article, I did'nt know what to expect, but it is wonderful! I agree with Kristine on what our children should be entitled to.

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      ggenda, I couldn't agree with you more. The word "entitled" does carry more of a negative association, and our children should be entitled to the right things.

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      ggenda 6 years ago from USA

      These are some great points. Generally I think that people have a negative association with the the idea of being "entitled to" something, but you explain this well. My children should feel entitled to things - not because they are spoiled or have unrealistic expectations, but because they are loved, valued individuals. I do want my children to feel entitled to things - as long as they are the right things, of course.

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Robin, thank you.

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      Robin Edmondson 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Hi Kristine! Great Hub and I completely agree with you. Your title grabbed my attention, and you made your point wonderfully!

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Chris, thanks.

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      ChrisLincoln 6 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California


      Lovely take on entitlement, enjoyable read with a serious message,



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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Treasuresofheaven and Eiddwen, Thank you.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Yes most definitly one that our children should read. I vote this one up also.

      Take care


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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      I couldn't agree with you more. And Our children are entitled to read this Hub. We, as parents, are Entitled to teach them the points you have made!

      I appreciate your concern for our children.

      Thanks! Vote Up!