Entitlement and the Next Generation

I am a big advocate for helping people on the side of the road. The ones that hold up the signs that say they are hungry and need help and I am not one to brag that I do it, but today comes with a reason of why I bring this up.

My kids and I were coming home from the library… and no, we weren’t checking out books but were watching a free movie and eating popcorn. Don’t get your hopes too high, we didn’t go to the library to read or anything.

Either way, we are coming home and I see this young woman on the side of the road begging for help. She wasn’t on our side of the street so I asked my kids if they wanted to get her something to eat. Two of my children said yes, and one said no. I am not going to tell you who it was and no, you don’t have to guess. But I realized what the hell is wrong with you, my own child, that you don’t want to help this person? I understand they are little and don’t grasp the concept so I tried to throw in a bible verse of ‘whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you also do for me.’ -Jesus… yeah, I don’t know the exact bible verse or gospel but he said it ok?

Anyway, we go to McDonald’s and I get as much food as I can and a large drink for the woman. I also gave her some money to help with whatever she needed. The woman was so grateful that she kept saying, ‘are you serious? This is all for me? Oh my God. Thank you!’ She hugged my arm and couldn’t wait to eat. She didn’t know what to eat first but just tore into the box and kept thanking me. I said to my kids, ‘do you see how hungry she was? And we just helped her and that’s what life is about… helping others.’

And as I am driving home, I am hoping and praying that I am not raising entitled children. Yeah, they are young now but what about the students I teach thinking that life is just going to hand them anything they want because they are rich, or poor, or white, or black or because they feel that they are fucking entitled?!

Listen, life comes at you no matter your age, gender, sexual preference or race. Life comes at you and you need to be ready for it; otherwise it is going to kick you in the fucking ass. I am sick of having people feel entitled because of their past or their future or who they know in the community. Entitlement is for pricks- plain and simple.

If you want something- go get it. Help each other. Help each other to get there and I mean really help each other. Trying to explain a simple necessity, like this woman is hungry to my kids and one of my children not giving two shits, made me want to write this blog. I will be damned if I raise a kid that thinks they are entitled because we are in a comfortable position to afford a life where our kids don’t need to worry about the next meal or where they are sleeping at night.

Life is not about who you know. Life is about how you live. Love is necessary. Compassion is a must and entitlement in this country needs to stop. My kid is never getting a fucking IPhone. My kids are going to have two tin cans and a fucking piece of string. You aren’t entitled to those things- you earn them.

So what I am saying is help out your fellow human being. Be compassionate and stop being so fucking judgmental. The judgement is not for you to decide- toss it up and leave it up to whatever higher power you believe in. But I know that woman was starving and I could see the happiness and gratitude in her eyes.

So stop letting our kids be entitled for something that they think they deserve and start making them see that they need to earn it instead.

Until next time,

Let’s stop raising entitled pricks. I will start in my household first. An IPhone my ass.


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I am a mother of three small children with a wonderful husband. Having children is not as simple as black and white. Having kids is black, white and crazy. I hope you enjoy my blog of my crazy escapades.

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