Attorney Richard Watts believes that many American children have developed a sense of entitlement that is enabled by parents who are overly “kid-centric” and give their children too much. While all parents want the best for their children, many well-meaning mothers and fathers work so hard to make life good for their children that they “take away the struggle.”
“We have devalued the currency of struggle in our world,” Watts said.
“You have every desire to save them and fix things; we love our kids so much.” But he believes that children need “combat training” before they turn 18, and that parents need to sit back and let their children face rejection and failure while offering them love and affirmation.
“We need to sit back and say, ‘I’m here for a much bigger purpose. I’m not going to be here on this planet forever. By the time I leave, I need to have you confident enough, and experienced enough, in failure and recovery that you survive when I go,'” he said.
We’ve known Richard and Debbie Watts for 30 plus years. They raised their three sons at The Crystal Cathedral and today their grown boys and their families are friends with our grown children. We recently interviewed Richard on our Vital Living Monthly program.
You can listen to the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=940C4UDByMg