Middle-class parents raising a generation of ‘brats’ who can’t hold down a job

Evening Standard UK 07 July 07
Middle-class parents are raising a generation of ‘spoilt brats’ who are so cosseted that they struggle to cope in the workplace, psychologists have warned. A new breed of ‘princesses’ and ‘little kings’ cannot hold down jobs because they are so used to leaving household chores to their parents and throwing tantrums to get their own way. Experts believe a rise in childcentred parenting is to blame. Mothers and fathers are said to be lavishing expensive clothes and gadgets on their children both to keep up with the Joneses and ease their guilt at working long hours.But too much pampering is making many children bossy, demanding and nasty to classmates, experts warn. The children’s charity Kidscape yesterday lamented the rise of the ‘brat bully’ – a new breed of classroom monster who uses mobile phones and e-mail to subtly victimise other children. Meanwhile, Professor Cary Cooper, head of psychology and health at Lancaster University, warned that cosseted home lives can leave children ill-equipped for life in the adult world.”Some young people have been so pampered they can’t stick at a job when things get tough,” he said. “They have no experience of knuckling down to household chores and pulling their weight, because their parents did everything for them.” He added: “Working couples have very little disposable time for each other, or their children, so when the kids are younger they outsource them to nannies or childminders, and when they’re older, they feel guilty and buy them off by indulging them and never asking anything in return.