For example, when I was a kid we mowed our own lawns. At first we just mowed our parent's lawns, then when we were at that awkward age when we couldn't get a real job but our parents wouldn't let us just loaf all summer, we mowed the yards of our elderly neighbors. Today I don't know too many people of any age who mow their own yards.
Nowadays there are "lawn maintenance companies" that will show up with 3 or 4 guys and all the necessary equipment...one will mow, one will edge, one will string trim, and one will blow away all the cuttings. Twenty minutes, wham bam, pay the nice man.
Earlier this afternoon I took Jax to our neighborhood dog park. It's about an acre, divided into small dog / big dog sides. (Jax likes to run with the big dogs.) As I sat there watching him sniff and water the trees it dawned on me...dog parks? Really? Growing up in suburbia we didn't have dog parks. Dogs simply went out in the yard and did what dogs do. Today people actually put their dogs in the car and drive them to a dedicated fenced in field so their dogs can play. That, friends is a First World problem!
Back in my "yout" we just let our dogs out in the back yard to "take care of their business", then we picked it up with a bag or a shovel.
Now we have specialized equipment to do the dirty work, or for the Supremely Lazy...
...one call does all.
When our parents needed a break from us they would send us outside to play.
These days moms arrange "play dates" for their kids, and even write books about how to arrange their kids play time so they'll be...you know..."stress free". (I understand there are pervs on the streets that we need to be mindful of these days, but isn't this overthinking it juuuust a bit?)
Just recently I heard a report on the radio that said <25% of high-school-age kids have summer jobs. Now I'm not saying this is the cause of kids "entitled" attitudes these days, but this is likely a cause of kids "entitled" attitudes these days. Parents do all the wrong things for all the right reasons for their kids today. It's one thing to want your kids to have it better than you did, but IMO pampering makes spoiled softies.
I wonder if my parents wrote longhand essays on how easy I had it? Two yo-yo's, an RC Cola every day, the big 64-pack of crayons with the built-in sharpener! Yeah, it's all relative. I guess I had it pretty easy, too. Never mind.
Spoiled S :)