Unreasonable Expectations

As my 7 year old becomes more and more like a teenager I find myself turning into my mother and questioning why the younger generation have so very different expectations and demands on life to my own.  At the risk of hearing violins playing I never expected presents other than at Birthday and Christmas.

A treat would be a cinema trip or tea out at a Wimpey Bar.  No Macky D’s back then!   I still remember tucking into their apple pie and ice cream and thinking my life was heaven!  I now look at my own children, dancing lessons; gymnastics; swimming lessons are not “treats” but an expectation.  Why can’t my eldest have an IPOD?  Why can’t she have whatever she wants?  I am under no illusion that apple pie and ice cream will never satisfy her.  And so where did I go wrong?  Where did responsibility move to expectation?

I find myself likening my domestic arrangements to my Professional life.   My clients were previously prepared to lose part of their damages to be allowed to recover most of the same.  We then as a Profession said “have it all” you are entitled.  However at what cost?  And there was  a cost.  Insurance premiums escalating; middlemen taking their cut (both insurance companies and Claims Management Companies).  We as a Profession let this petulant child continue to stamp its feet to the point some were paying clients part of their expected compensation (before they’d even won a case!)!!  The House of Cards would inevitably tumble and now we are all looking back at where it all went wrong?