When it got real for me was when I was visiting with one of my children about a poor choice they had made. Their response was to blame another individual for their own sin. Of course, in my heightened sensitivity to the subject, I immediately pointed out that... no...they had sinned...because they are a sinner...and thus very much in need of a Holy God to forgive them of their sin... and help them, through grace, to make better choices... once they had repented (which they have still not done). #notwinning
Here is where I believe our problem lies as parents and we need to own it. We are (in our own sin) turning these precious gifts from God into little demigods. When our kid hates band, it's the band teacher's fault (instead of a natural consequence of not practicing). When they don't get enough playing time on the field, it's the coach's fault. Those poor choices they made at school were because their teacher did not have control of her students and when they verbally disrespect their parents, it is because they have been spending too much time with ________. Do you see it?
If we are not careful, we are going to raise the next generation of Donald Trumps and Hillary Clintons who do not need the forgiveness of a Holy God because they themselves are without sin.