You have no idea how much I love this article. I feel like I get on a soapbox at least once a day on this very same issue. I have countless friends who give, give, give and never have an expectation of their kids. Not even that they keep their rooms picked up or carry dirty dishes to the kitchen. I am VERY concerned about what will happen when I get to retirement and these spoiled brats are the ones left to keep the country running. My boys are 7 and 8. For at least the last 2 years, they have had to EARN money for the things they want. They get a birthday present and a NORMAL amount of Christmas presents, but just about anything else they want, they earn the money and buy it themselves.