If you’re like me, you desire to raise children who are considerate and caring towards others, who grow up to be productive members of society. But sometimes we can find ourselves unknowingly creating an environment that fosters entitlement in our children. Living abroad in Africa helped me realize I wanted to raise my kids to be sensitive to the needs of those around them–and that there are many ways to do this. While living in Africa, I noticed how kids in the developing world were expected to contribute to the family, often by collecting firewood or cooking or by caring for their siblings. With all the comforts of the United States that our families are privileged to enjoy, it is easy to slip into entitlement.
Here are five ways to know if you’re raising entitled kids.