I grew up in abject poverty and surrounded by mental illness. There was a criminal level of negligence and abuse, and most of our needs (food, hygiene, clothing etc.) were rarely met unless it hit a critical level where medical intervention would have been necessary. And my parents never took government assistance; they were too proud. But we were the people who really should have had it. Instead, we went without meals; underwear, socks, and towels, toothpaste, soap, and feminine hygiene products were luxury items; most of the clothing we did have was ill-fitting (too big or too small); and my mother loved to hoard animals but didn’t like to clean or buy cleaning supplies. As you can imagine, we were surrounded by all sorts of unimaginable filth.

I’m not ashamed, it wasn’t my fault. But life shouldn’t start out that hard for any kid. As an adult, I live a very opposite existence, learning the pitfalls of poverty. I would never wish that childhood on anyone. BUT I think spoiling your children to the point of entitlement and them never knowing how to problem-solve or struggle and work for something they really want, is pretty bad. I’m not terribly sympathetic to the little princes and princesses who’ve never had to earn anything, whose parents have bulldozed the obstacles and are now being called out for jumping the line with their privilege. These kids didn’t earn their place in those schools; though I have an issue with how colleges operate in general. One of the kids did a video noting that all she cared about was the partying. Hell, she doesn’t have to attend college to attend parties. She could have done that for free. What happens the first time they don’t get their way and mommy and daddy can’t fix it for them? I’m sure meltdowns and tantrums will ensue.

Written by

Technophobe Who Codes | UX Generalist | Freelance Writer | Egalitarian-Feminist | True-Crime/Forensics Enthusiast

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store