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Article on Ungrateful Teens Spotlights Social Worker

Ann Blythe, left, played the ultimate spoiled teenager Veda in the 1945 film "Mildred Pierce" opposite Joan Crawford.

Ann Blythe, left, played the ultimate spoiled teenager Veda in the 1945 film "Mildred Pierce" opposite Joan Crawford.

Cheers to the Associated Press for interviewing Connecticut social worker Lisa Butler in its article  on how to handle spoiled, ungrateful teenagers. Butler reportedly launched a Facebook page, UTIMH (Ungrateful Teenager In My House)  to let parents vent. Social Workers Speak! couldn’t find the page but if you do let us know so we can put the link here!

And to find out more about how National Association of Social Workers members help parents go to our Children and Families Web page.

Q: As a social worker, are you seeing more clients who overindulge their children? What are the social ramifications of spoiling children and what are your suggestions to solve this issue? And are TV shows like MTV’s “Cribs” and “My Super Sweet 16″ sending the wrong message teens?

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  1. I work with a lot of teens. The teens I work with tend to run away from placement less often. I do not see issues of spoiled teens in my experience. I see many social workers and other clinicians who do not understand teens and have their own unresolved issues. Why are they getting so much counter transference? I don’t think it is an issue of the teen. I also see clinicians and lawyers who just want to give teens whatever they ask for. I think, if anything, this causes unrealistic expectations and doesn’t allow the teen to explore their own issues- what is below the surface. My relationship with teens is very real. Sometimes I have to say “no”, but they know I am still emotionally present for them and I care. This leads to a stronger relationship with most teens.

    Regina Faridnia, MSW, LCSW

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