Jonas Harrysson has been teaching for 16 years. But recently, he's noticed what he believes is a troubling trend.
Harrysson believes today's children are completely spoiled, and he's blaming parents for their parenting style.
Harrysson took to Facebook to voice his concerns.
His original post was in Swedish, seen here.
This is the translated text:
" I have work with kids for almost 16 years [and] something I've noticed children are getting worse and worse at.
No.1. Children find it very difficult to be bored! There constantly needs to be something going on.Please stop spoiling and servicing your children. It's not dangerous for them to be bored sometimes.
No 2. I've met many parents who are soooo proud that their kids can read and count before starting preschool.Well, I hate to break it to you, but reading and counting, they'll learn to do soon enough. Teach them instead to play, to be a good friend, and to share.
My third point is that many children find it difficult to show gratitude, both to other kids and towards adults. Can they get an "another one" is unfortunately often a first question – and "we only get one!?" is a common complaint I hear.What happened to PLEASE!? And thanks for dinner, and thanks for the ride, and so on?
I have no children at the moment, but if I do sometime in the future I plan to teach them to play, to be good friends, to show gratitude and to be bored from time to time. Once they've learned those things, then I'll teach them to read and count :)"
"By spoiling them, we're doing them a disservice. Children have loads of imagination and we mustn't destroy it by constantly feeding them with ideas of things to do. They can playing cowboy and Indian with just a stick and a leaf," Harrysson told a local paper.
Many people agree with the teacher, saying kids are too over-protected and spoiled today. However, others have criticized Harrysson, telling him to revisit this post when he has kids of his own.
What do you think? Are kids today too spoiled? Let us know in the comments!