Entitled Parents: Signs You’re Raised by Them and What to Do

Generally speaking, entitled parents did not pick up their traits by themselves. Rather, they were raised by their parents. In this article, we’ve made a list of signs you’re raised by entitled parents and what you can do about it.

When you were younger, did your parents ever tell you that if someone else had a toy or item that was yours and they wouldn’t let you play with it that meant that they liked the other person more than you? 

Chances are, this is because they did not learn this lesson themselves–but from their own parents.

Every generation of children is said to be more entitled than the last generation and many believe it stems from the way children are raised.

Parents who constantly praise and reward their kids for no reason can raise massively entitled kids who think anything and everything should go their way. 

This isn’t how modern parenting works though; instead, parents allow each child to feel like an individual by allowing them to have some choice in what they wear, eat, etc. while retaining the ability to punish them when they do something bad or wrong.

If you have grown up being told that your parents are more interested in someone else’s child than you, it may be time to take a look at how exactly you were raised and see where things went wrong for you growing up.

Does this belief make you feel angry with either your parents or the parent of the other kid? 

This feeling is perfectly normal but it can also get out of hand very quickly if not dealt with properly.

The solution to this problem is actually quite simple: communication. 

Talk to both of your parents about why one child might get special treatment over another and see what they have to say. 

If you can remember, parents/adults in your life when growing up may have been more lenient with certain siblings because one or both were born with a disability or had special needs that made it harder for them to live their lives. 

If this is the case, be thankful that you are able to live normally and communicate with others without difficulties–don’t take advantage of the situation though!

If your parents really liked or loved another child more than you then talk to them about it honestly. 

This isn’t something most children do but sometimes knowing why you aren’t loved as much as your sibling can help ease some of the pain associated with it. 

If nothing else comes out of the discussion besides peace between you and your parents then that’s a plus!

The longer this problem goes on, the more likely it is going to put a strain on your relationship with your parents. 

If they choose one child over another then it may be a sign that they care more about that child than the other–even if they don’t mean for it to happen. 

This can cause resentment in both parties so talk now before things get out of hand later.

If you still believe you are being treated as less important than someone else despite what you have been told by your parents, take a look at yourself and see how entitled you really are. 

The world doesn’t revolve around any one person and sometimes having a little humility can go a long way in the advancement of your life.

What Is Entitled Parent?

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Entitled parents are those who have a sense of entitlement, feeling as if they deserve something even if it is not earned. It can be seen in how a parent treats his or her own child and the children of others. 

For example, an entitled parent may think as if their child should always be treated as better than another’s just because he is theirs–even if they do not possess any qualities that warrant such preferential treatment. 

The opposite parenting style would be authoritative where the child knows what behaviors are expected from them and will receive consequences for negative actions.

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In some cases, entitled parents feel like their children deserve special treatment above and beyond what other kids get for no reason at. 

This can make them more likely to coddle their children and give them things they do not need to make them happy; no matter how spoiled this may make them. 

Just because a parent has money or is successful does not mean that they must pamper their kids every chance they get.

Some parents feel as if another child’s parent should be more lenient with discipline, even though they harbor resentment for the other adult. This is called parental favoritism and can cause long-term issues for both children involved such as depression. 

Parents who practice unfair parenting often choose one child over the other without realizing it–meaning there can be unspoken but unbreakable rules in place between siblings.

This type of behavior is hard to identify when caught early on so always keep an open mind when it comes to your parents. 

It takes a lot for them to allow you the opportunity to become who they want you to be and sometimes that may not be something you want out of life. 

If they show signs of treating you as an equal and someone who is loved by them, take advantage of those changes whenever possible.

Signs You’re Raised by Entitled Parents

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There are several signs that indicate whether or not you may have been raised by an entitled parent. They include:

#1) You feel like you deserve something unearned.

You always feel like you deserve something even if it is not earned; looking at others and thinking they did something wrong to get what they have while feeling superior because of who your parents are.

#2) Your parents tell you how to act.

Your parents keep tabs on everyone in the family through social media, telling you how to act online and using this information against them when necessary.

#3) Other people think you–or your parent as self-centered. 

People around them see your parents as self-centered due to the way they treat their children – giving more attention to some than others all of the time. 

It can be seen in public places, with their kids at work, or even just simple actions such as buying one sibling something new while not providing the other with anything.

#4) You get away because of your parents.

You are more likely to be favored over others because of who your parents are. They may think they do not have to earn your love on their own merit alone.

If you feel like this is true for you, there are ways to change things around so that you can become a better person for yourself and those close to you. These steps include:

Try to accept that some things cannot be changed due to how entitled your parent has been in the past. Look at what changes can be made now, especially if they affect all of your choices going forward.

How to Stop Entitled Parents?

The most important thing that you can do for your parents when it comes to them being entitled is by staying focused on yourself and your life. 

Whether or not they approve of the decisions in your life, whether they are right or wrong, you have control over what happens next so stay in charge. 

They’ll come around eventually if you let them see you growing up–even though it may be difficult for some people to accept change. 

When all else fails, remember that this is their problem more than yours and will hopefully resolve itself as time goes on. Just be patient!

Why Do Parents Feel Like You Owe Them?

Parents who feel as if their children owe them something do so because they were not given the same opportunities when they were younger. 

For example, a parent who never got to travel may push his or her child to take trips and experience new cultures for themselves. 

There is nothing wrong with doing these types of things but it can create a sense of entitlement that can be difficult to get rid of later in life.

The best way that parents and children alike can combat this type of attitude is by keeping an open line of communication at all times. 

If your parents seem like they need something from you then talk – don’t assume! 

These conversations are sometimes the hardest ones ever but also some of the most rewarding depending on the outcome.

How Do You Deal With Entitled Parents?

When it comes to dealing with entitled parents, the best thing that you can do is stay positive and focused on yourself. 

If they are trying to guilt-trip you into doing something or feel as if what you are doing isn’t good enough then distance yourself from them until they come around. 

There is no reason to harbor resentment against your own parents so take a step back and focus on yourself instead. Your actions will speak louder than any words of animosity ever will, so remember that!

If you have exhausted all of your options and know for certain that there is no way of being able to get through this without conflict then fight dirty. 

It may sound unethical but entitled parents don’t like it when you stop playing their games and instead take charge. 

If they can’t get a rise out of you, then there is no reason to be around them–it’s that simple. You did nothing wrong so don’t beat yourself up over this!


In the end, entitled parents are raised by entitled parents. 

It’s been passed down from generation to generation without anyone ever stopping to take a look at what having an “entitlement complex” really means for that person or even the world in general. 

While indulging your parents every now and again won’t kill you, always keep in mind that you don’t owe them anything. 

They raised you; give back when they need something and spread your wings whenever you can. 

Your freedom and happiness are more important than anything they could ever want from you, so make sure that comes first!

Do you have any tips for dealing with entitled parents? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to share on your favorite social media site! 

Thanks for reading and we hope that this article was helpful to you in some way. Have a good day!

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