Assignment 3

Topics: Childhood, Parenting, Developmental psychology Pages: 4 (1082 words) Published: December 2, 2014

The presence of pampered children is a family business or a social concern? McIntosh (1989) addressed a new term “spoiled child syndrome”. The syndromes include destructive behavior, emotional, refusal to comply with even the simple demands of daily living, physical aggression, manipulation, demands for having one's own way, obstructiveness, and an inability to handle the delay of gratification. The presence of pampered children is an intriguing question that has sparked furious debate. Every party in society should understand their responsibility for the presence of pampered kids. Contributing to the demoralizing phenomenon, the society ought to reflect upon what it has done wrong before compensation for this situation. The impact of the growth of the pampered-kid phenomenon is therefore wide-ranging and a wide cross-section of the population can be affected. The effect of the prevalence can be felt in many sectors at different times. Thus it should be addressed as a social concern rather than a family business.

Kids will not confine themselves to the 4 walls of their homes. They have to attend schools and enter the workforce, where their pampered behavior, if any, will be felt in public areas and in the workplace. Teachers and social workers have to spare extra time dealing with them. The school has to earmark more resources for their sake. Police have to surrender additional manpower against possible social conflicts. There will be endless quarrels, meaningless disturbances, and jobless learning environment. Wagner, a 17-year-old American student, was under indictment due to driving while intoxicated (DWI) (The Times, 2001). She knocked down a girl and just ran away. She tried to shirk her responsibility by complaining her mother did not drive her home. The mess they create, intentionally or unintentionally, has to be picked up by others. If the consequences can be destructive to the society and the kids, why shouldn’t it be a social concern?


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