In my spare time, for a number of years now, I teach community college. I can always tell when I have a student on my hands who is accustomed to having everything done for him, or at least is used to wearing down his folks until he gets his way. How can I tell? He tries that approach with me.

Here's an interesting article in the Detroit Free Press that sheds light on how parents can stimulate the atmosphere in which their young person's behavior is developed. It also offers some ways a parent might change the situation.

Have you had any successes in helping to motivate a young person to take charge of his or her life?