Have you been to a tee-ball game lately? Did you hear the score? You may be surprised to learn that the score is not kept and there are no league standings, such as what team is in first, second, third or dead last. Despite the idea that there are no standings and no recognized winners or losers, at the end of the season all the teams celebrate with a pizza party and most likely every child will receive the same size reward, regardless of their team and or personal performance. Another example that is similar to, yet different in many respects is the all too often young child in the toy aisle stomping up and down for a toy until the mother or father finally shouts, "Fine, you can have it!"
Although these are only two observations, arguably they underscore a larger movement that is predicated on indulging young children and shielding them from the realization that sometimes you lose and sometimes you cannot get what you want. It seems that over time, as the nation has become wealthier, this type of pampering has led to generational changes in the United States with the younger generation being taught that it is OK to seek reward when you are not successful and it is OK to buy, even when you do not have the means to afford it. Perhaps it is this type of education that has made us accept the concept of bailing out a company when they should have failed, supporting a homeowner when they borrowed more than should, or paying for unemployment when individuals do not save anything and the list goes on.