The Dallas Morning News has an article that caught my eye about the generation called “The Millenials.” Much of it resonated with me.
“They’ve been overparented, overindulged and overprotected,” she says. “They haven’t experienced that much failure, frustration, pain. We were so obsessed with protecting and promoting their self-esteem that they crumble like cookies when they discover the world doesn’t revolve around them. They get into the real world and they’re shocked.
“You have to be very careful in how you talk to them because they take everything as criticism.”
I would never say that this describes all of the Millenials but it is dead on for a bunch that I have encountered. Some of the comments I have heard about how unfair it is to have to work, what they think they deserve etc. just throw me. Listening to it makes me feel really old.
But the thing that really blew me away was reading that some parents are still so involved in their children’s lives they feel entitled to call their office on their behalf. If my mother or father contacted my employer to complain about how I was treated or buck for a raise I’d be irate.
Eventually they have to grow up and fend for themselves. This helicoptering thing isn’t going to help that at all.