"The rules apply to everybody, except when they don't." A cursory look at some headlines from last week reveals this to be the new American mantra, a burgeoning sense of individual "exceptionalism" that pulls at the very fabric of fair play.
Let's face it -- we all feel entitled and even ungrateful at times. That's just part of being a human. It's especially part of being a small, growing person who is steadily working through a predictable series of tasks and milestones.
No one wants to listen to whining, crying or complaining, and we all want to spare our children as much heartache as possible. Unfortunately, our overzealous attempts to pave the way can result in spoiled, self-entitled children.