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Spoilt Palo Alto kids?
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by Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Jun 9, 2007
What is the criteria for saying a Palo Alto kid is spoilt. When I was growing up we used to think that if someone was an only child they were automatically spoilt and that was our definition. Our assumption was built on the fact that they always had new things and nothing was ever hand me down, plus the fact that the parents were indulgent and always gave the child everything they asked. Now I wonder if the definition has changed. What makes a Palo Alto kid spoilt? Is it what they have? Is it how they get it, either through parents benevolence or hard work on the part of the child? Is it material possessions, or is it attitude.
From some of the comments here lately and seeing the attitude of some of our residents, I find it hard to define. We certainly have those who have plenty materially and we also have those who are given extra pressures from tutoring to keep ahead. What are the definitions and do we have more than one type of spoiling?