Alekxa is a 16-year-old from Los Angeles, CA. She enjoys running, eating, volunteering, and being with her friends.
1. Careless with Money
After making a purchase, the sensible thing to do would be putting your change back in your wallet. Some people even leave this as a tip. However, some take the term “throwing away money” to the next level. Literally tossing coins as some feel they have little or no use, while there are people in the world struggling to find their next meal.
2. Obsession with Materialistic Objects
Ipods, cell phones, the latest fashions: All things teens cannot live without? Then how did people manage a decade or two ago? The truth is although most people find immense pleasure in expensive items, they are only items. It is not a basic necessity to own the trendiest computer, even though some privileged teens act as though it is a life or death situation.
3. Excessive boredom
When your biggest and toughest problem is not how will I provide for myself, but rather which store will I spend my money at- this is when you know you may be “well off”, but your psyche is not happy. What do you get the child who has everything? When trends such as abusing drugs, alcohol, and pregnancy exist, how could they resist?
4. Highly Critical
How many times have you heard your friends arguing over how incompetent their housecleaners are? In this reality, privileged kids feel they are too good for certain jobs and find themselves putting down others who actually do manual labor all day for a living.
4 Ways to Improve Character in Privileged Teens
1. Show More Concern for Others
When people stop thinking of themselves exclusively and, instead, turn their focus onto the well-being of another, they have a better purpose in life. Volunteering and helping the community wholesomely allows teens to become less absorbed with themselves and more involved with matters of social significance. Helping those less fortunate than ourselves can help ground the privileged and make them realize how lucky they truly are.
2. Going on a Budget
Practicing good money management skills can induce sensitivity and respect towards others who have to work long hours for a living. This can also instill important values into the youth such as acting responsibly which could extend into their adults years. Saving money encourages thoughful planning.
3. Get a Job
Having an actual job is a great way to show teenagers and privileged teenagers in particular the value of a dollar. Not having everything handed to you on a silver platter will increase maturity and solve boredom issues. Teens and their new found work ethic will allow for a more productive life as well as a beneficial one for the rest of society.
4. Join a Club or Team
Becoming a part of something grander and more significant than yourself can allow teens to see that the universe really does not revolve around them. When teens join group activities, skills such as teamwork, dedication, and compassion become intertwined in their daily lives.