Raising Brats?

Going to stores these days is getting to be a stressful experience. Both my kids, especially my older one, want me to buy something for them every time we are out. When I ask her who will pay for whatever it is that is her object of desire, she looks at me as if I’m an idiot, and says you, of course.
This is something that bothers me a lot. Are we raising kids who have no sense for the value of money? Bringing up kids in the US I am just painfully aware of how privileged an upbringing our kids have. For the most part they have nothing to worry about – toys, clothes, food and holidays appear by magic. School work (compared to what those of us who grew up in other parts of the world had to deal with) is a breeze. Their life seems to be one big vacation. And yet, these same kids will have to grow up and fend for themselves later in life. Some of us may be lucky enough where our kids wouldn’t have to worry about working a day in their lives but that is not the majority.
Are we raising our kids right? Are they tough enough? Can they compete globally or will kids from China and India eat them for lunch when they are older?

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