How to Deal with an Entitled Teenager

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Are you struggling with an entitled teenager? You’re not alone. Entitled teenagers can be frustrating and difficult to deal with. But don’t worry, there are ways to deal with them. This blog post will discuss some tips for dealing with an entitled teenager.

Keep reading to learn more!

What is entitlement, and why do teens feel it?

It can be difficult to navigate conversations with an entitled teenager. Entitlement is a feeling of superiority in which someone believes they are more important than others and should have special privileges and rights not given to others.

This sense of entitlement often stems from feeling inadequate or inferior. 

To begin dealing with an entitled teenager, it’s important to understand why they may feel this way. It could result from their parents or other adults not setting clear boundaries (like a strict bedtime routine) or rules that give them too much freedom.

It may also stem from anxiety and depression that comes with being a young adult or not getting the recognition they think they deserve.

Signs of an Entitled Teenager

  1. Expecting special privileges or treatment because of their age
  2. Feeling superior to others, displaying a condescending attitude
  3. Making unreasonable demands of family members such as parents or siblings
  4. Refusing to take responsibility for their own behavior and blaming others
  5. Avoiding chores and responsibilities around the house with no consequences 
  6. Frequently attempting to “buy” their way out of a situation or demanding gifts for good behavior
  7. Reacting with anger when not getting what they want
  8. Refusing to compromise on anything or accept any criticism
  9. Not showing appreciation for the things that others do for them

How can parents deal with entitled teens effectively without damaging their relationship?

Once you understand why your teen may feel entitled, the next step is to change their attitude positively. This includes communicating clearly with your teen and setting reasonable boundaries that both can agree on. 

Be sure to consider their feelings while also addressing any behavior that is inappropriate or disrespectful. 

It’s also important to give them the attention they need and be consistent with consequences when they do not follow boundaries.

What are some techniques that can help change the attitude of an entitled teen?

Along with setting clear boundaries, teaching your teen how to respect themselves and others are important. This includes teaching empathy and understanding that everyone feels differently. 

You can also help them become more self-aware by talking to them about their feelings and providing feedback on their behavior. 

Teaching them how to compromise, problem-solve, and work together with others to achieve a common goal is also important.

How will dealing with an entitled teen affect their future?

Dealing with an entitled teen can be difficult, but it is important to remember that it will help them become more successful and responsible adults. 

It’s important for parents to remember that dealing with an entitled teen is not something that can be done overnight. It takes patience, communication, and consistency on both sides.

With the right tools and support, parents can help their teens learn to respect themselves and others. Doing this will ensure they are prepared to tackle the responsibilities that come with adulthood.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you deal with an ungrateful teenager?

Try to have a calm and rational discussion with your teenager. Explain that you understand their frustrations but that there are better ways to express them. Help them see how their actions affect those around them and provide alternatives for dealing with their anger or frustration. You can help your teenager become more grateful for what they have with patience and understanding.

How do you discipline a teenager who doesn’t care about consequences?

One way to approach the situation is to try to get the teenager to understand why their behavior is problematic and to see the consequences that could result from it. This may involve having a heart-to-heart talk or showing them news stories or articles about people who have gotten into trouble because of similar behavior.

How do you get your entitled teenager to do chores?

Parents can do a few things to encourage their teenagers to pitch in. One approach is to offer incentives, such as allowing them to earn more allowance or privileges for completing their chores. Another option is to make it clear that everyone in the family is expected to contribute to maintaining the household. By taking a firm but fair approach, parents can teach their teenagers the value of hard work and responsibility.


  • Cam Russo

    Cam is a blogger, author, and content strategist with a keen love for the written word. His journey with high-functioning autism has kindled a strong advocacy for autism awareness. Today, Cam dedicates his efforts to educating parents. He sees laughter as a game-changer in learning, and strives every day to make education a fun and enjoyable journey for all his readers.

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