I recently came across this quote and have been upset about not getting it posted sooner. It just oozes character.
An excess of parental attention may build self-esteem, which is useless, at the expense of self-reliance, which is gold.
Hugh O’Neill in “The Seven Dadly Sins” in Best Life magazine, April 2008, p. 81.
I think that trying to explain what is, at its heart, a clear and simple expression of Emerson’s philosophy would ruin it.
I will however note that the lesson holds true for employees as well as children. We have seen, but not critically evaluated, numerous articles that reference Gen Y as being very demanding for affirmation and opportunity, often without responsibility or performance. Maybe this explains it.