Spoiled Child Syndrome? Does Your Child Have It?

Spoiled child syndrome is characterized by unrestrained and unreasonable demand for instant gratification and a lack of emotional sensitivity to other people’s needs, feelings, and emotions.

What Causes a Child to Develop Spoiled Child Syndrome

1. Permissive parenting style

A parenting style that overindulges children by caving in to their unreasonable demands.

As a result, overindulged kids will have a hard time accepting “no” for an answer, as they are used to having their wishes granted by their permissive parents.

2. Genetic makeup and spoiled child syndrome

Children’s genetic makeup can have a lingering effect on their behavior.

If kids are genetically predisposed to exhibit behavior devoid of sympathy for others, parents will find it hard to modify selfish behavior even when armed with the right parenting strategy.

Nevertheless, using a parenting approach that fits your child’s personality and character is still advised.

It may not instantly rid your child of spoiled child syndrome [as he has the genetic disposition to exhibit such unacceptable traits], but it will certainly help attenuate his selfish behaviors.

3. Psychological problems

Psychological problems can arise in children who have experienced traumatic events – and one of the undesirable outcomes that can arise from such experiences is extreme self-centeredness.

Exhibiting extreme selfish behavior is a form of defense mechanism. It is their way of protecting themselves from people, places, or situations they consider a threat to them.

4. Age-Related Behavior

Children pass through the preoperational stage that occurs from 2- 7 years of age. It is the second stage of Piaget’s theory of cognitive development, wherein kids cannot still grasp or understand how their selfish behavior affects others.

Although it’s a normal phase of growing up, parents are still encouraged to use behavior modification techniques to correct them. We can rectify these negative behaviors by adopting the right parenting strategy.

And according to most child psychologists, the authoritative parenting style is the best approach to correct kids’ behavior. Nevertheless, parents are encouraged to exercise due diligence in choosing relevant strategies when dealing with misconduct and disobedience.

We know our children fully well to figure out what type of parenting style suits them best. Nevertheless, whatever parenting methodology we choose to adopt, we should never resort to physical or emotional abuse in disciplining children.