Why we wrote the book
We wrote this book because we have seen a significant change in the issues that we
address in therapy over the past five to seven years. There has been a dramatic increase
in the intense reliance in instant gratification with so many of the kids we see. Many
children have always desired instant gratification, but we are seeing kids panic, meltdown,
and become very anxious when their needs are not met immediately. In addition, they
look to others to meet these needs for them, rather than solving problems on their own.
We are seeing a trend of children and teens whom are becoming more dependent on
adults and technology to solve their problems.
We identified why this is happening, what the differences are for kids in
this generation, and what parents can do to change the trend.
We have both been in the field of psychology more than twenty years working with
children, adolescents, and their families. We are on the campus of 30 to 50 schools per
year talking with teachers, coaches, and administrators. Therefore, we have a unique
perspective from those who are mentoring and educating children in the Instant
Gratification Generation. We identified why this is happening, what the differences are for
kids in this generation, and what parents can do to change the trend. Ultimately, kids in
the Instant Gratification Generation are being taught not to think. We wrote this book to
show parents how to change that.