How can we as parents of teens help them to be able to see things as how THEY WILL be when they are out on their own??? What do you do for/to your teens to help them see that your money isn't THEIR money that it's like on loan to them? Is it a lack of empathy on their part? What's missing or is it totally the parents fault? Do you give them a set amount each week and make them pay for all or at least some of the necessities? It just seems like my dh and I aren't doing enough as we feel we have an entitled brat we think. We don't feel like we go overboard but she does get name brand (sometimes) she is in almost every sport, we drive her everywhere & have since 5th grade. How do we impact her now that insurance, job, car, gas, clothing is not just a gift that it should be earned. You know now at this young age to prepare the teen for the real world BEFORE she is on her own??? She is going to have a rude awakening when she's out on her own as she really doesn't get (we don't think) that she will have to have a high paying job to support her entitled life or at least a rich husband. What is the best way have you found to teach them. I so... don't want to wait till she is 30 years old to hear. 'u and Dad were right, I did take advantage of your generousity and I was spoiled and didn't care how I treated u, I just expected it because I was your kid and thought u had to do it. How do we prepare them the right way or is it even possible before they are out of your home??