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Kids Are So Spoiled Nowadays

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We have a crisis on our hands. Pre-teens have been showing more signs of becoming more spoiled by the minute. 

Across all social media platforms, these creatures have been seen destroying Sephora samples, and begging their parents for their money to buy an expensive $98, 1.69 fluid ounce moisturizer from Drunk Elephant. They cause chaos everywhere they go!

They want to buy clothes from expensive stores, but yet have no money to buy them with! They want Lululemon track-suits, dozens of pairs of shoes, and the “hottest” skincare and hair products. They carry around giant Stanley cups, which again, they did not buy, and sit around each other and just soak up each other’s “awesomeness.”

Older generations can see how these children are acting, and they do have a problem with it—including me! I’ve come into contact with so many of these young, barely teenagers, and every single one of them is a copy and paste of the last. They are equally as spoiled, narcissistic, and self-centered. 

For example, there is a lovely family that lives in my neighborhood, and this family has a young daughter. One day, she was having a lemonade stand to try and make some money, and of course, seeing how slow business was, I came over with one $20 bill that I intended to give to her. I started walking over, and as I got closer, I saw that she had a 40 oz, lavender-colored Stanley cup, which retails at about $45. I asked for one cup of lemonade (which I would like to add wasn’t even a full cup) but I gave her $20. As expected, she was ungrateful and said, “Thank you?” in the most condescending voice, as if what I just gave to her was dirt under her shoe. 

The thing is that there are so many kids that are just like that young girl because they always had everything given to them, and never had to work for anything. For example, growing up, I had to clean my room, sweep the floor, or do any little chore to get either nothing or $5, and let me tell you, I was the happiest child on Earth if I received money.

I would take the money I had, and ask my mom to please drive me to Toys ‘R’ Us, so I can buy a roll of Hubba Bubba gum, and a little toy. What happened to kids being kids, and wanting to play outside with toys? Instead, we have children who are begging their parents for things that they don’t need. 

I’ve seen many videos on YouTube and TikTok on how pre-teens or younger teens are scared of aging! This is mostly true. When I go into an Ulta or a Sephora, I see kids trying all these different anti-aging creams, as if they have a single wrinkle on their perfectly smooth, blemish-free, wrinkle-free, skin! They don’t need any of it, but yet they get what they get, and they do get upset when their parents say no to a $100 Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Moisturizer.

I know that I am not that much older than all these pre-teens and kids, but the difference is that I go shopping when I have gift cards or a little money to spend, or I absolutely need, not want something. I know the worth of $20, and I don’t spend an insane amount over what I have. That’s the difference.

These kids shouldn’t be in the aisles of stores begging their parents to buy them everything they want, and their parents shouldn’t condone to this disrespectful, spoiled behavior, especially if it’s towards them.

The bottom line is that pre-teens and children need to act their age, and stop spending money they don’t have, and get things they need, not want, and just stop being spoiled and that’s final.

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