Oct 17 by Mark Gregston.

Walking ATM Machines

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Do you ever feel like your teen treats you like a walking, breathing, ATM machine?

Hi, I’m Mark Gregston … with Parenting Today’s Teens.

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Hardly a day goes by when a teenager doesn’t ask for something. But when parents continually cave in … they often fail to realize the long-term consequences.

For example, you might view that new pair of shoes or that upgraded iPhone as a generous gift … but your teen sees it as a God-given right.

There’s nothing wrong with parents (and grandparents) who want to give their children nice things. But when you hold back, you give your teen something much more valuable.

Restrained desire is something all of us have to cope with. Mom, Dad, let your son or daughter know what it’s like to work for something they crave, and feel the reward of earning it.

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