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There’s more than one kind of entitlement crisis

Posted: June 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm   /   by

We’re focused on politics pretty much 24/7/365 here at Western Free Press, but occasionally, we find ourselves compelled to veer into other areas of life. Not often, granted, but it happens. This is an example.

This mom (and former White House employee) has decided to tackle a different kind of entitlement crisis: the sense of entitlement of our kids.

We have so many conveniences these days, and kids have it rather easy. They certainly don’t have to toil away on the farm just to eke out a meager living anymore, which was a common feature of American life in our earlier days. Compared to just about any humans who have ever drawn breath on planet earth, our kids have an easy life, and if they’re not made to work, they get really used to having it easy.

In the process of looking to solve that problem, however, this mom’s system also helps address the other side of that coin: over-indulgent and/or “helicopter” parenting. We parents want what is best for our children. Sometimes, that can lead us to do things for them when we should be letting them (or making them) do them for themselves. I, for one, appreciate this mom and her message.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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There's more than one kind of entitlement crisis