“Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.” (Socrates, 470-399 B.C.)
There you have it. Proof that children have always been thankless, greedy creatures — at least as far back as the days of Socrates. The next time your child says or does something that more resembles the spawn of Satan than the angelic infant you brought home from the hospital, remember the Greek philosopher’s words and rest assured this kind of behavior is nothing new.
The timeless truth is this: Kids are designed to test us and push their limits. It’s how they grow. It’s how they become adults. It would be unhealthy — and a little bit creepy — if yours didn’t do likewise.