Someone who had heard about our new book, set for release this September, and asked us why we called it a TRAP.
The answer we gave her was something like this: Our kids are getting snared by a dangerous trap. Their sense of entitlement, fed by today’s debt-ridden society and instant gratification mentality (and exacerbated by our own indulgent parenting methods) clamps them into frightening patterns of laziness and irresponsibility.
Un-rescued, they will never know the freedom of true independence or develop the initiative to find real fulfillment and happiness in their lives.
The rescue can happen at home, while our children are young. It involves a system that teaches them to earn, to save, to budget, to think ahead, to decide, and to accept ownership and responsibility for everything from their toys to their goals.
The book (and this web page) are all about how to stop indulging our children and start training them to have the economic savvy and the independent choice-making ability to escape the entitlement trap.