Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The abuse of privileged children

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6914 (Published 26 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6914
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

Funny how some insights stay with you. Our headmistress once said, “It doesn’t matter what you think of your children; it’s what others think that matters.” I shudder at pink plastic “princess on board” signs dangling from the rear windows of cars: to proclaim such self entitlement is rarely conducive to contentment or happiness. But affluence has poisoned the past decade, and an attitude of entitlement has prevailed. Our children have been given what they want, repeatedly affirmed about how gifted and intelligent they are, and so praised …

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