HAVE any of you been watching Brat Camp?
I started watching it last week and I was utterly fascinated and appalled by the behaviour of those kids.
I couldn't believe just how different the youth of today are from what they were like when I was a young teenager.
Honestly, spoiled isn't the word for it.
Now I'll admit I'm not exactly an angel and I have a little bit of a rebellious streak, particularly when it comes to keeping my room tidy.
However, I would never have spoken to my parents the way those brats do or been so unbelievably disrespectful.
Both me and my twin brother knew where the line was and if we crossed it we got a good smack for it.
I also think we benefited from not being allowed to have everything we wanted, which is not to say we weren't spoiled from time to time, but this was usually kept for special occasions.
Looking back now, I'm incredibly thankful that I was shown how to behave and given rules and set clear boundaries.
I think that part of the problem today is that things come too easy for kids and they are not taught restraint.
The consequences of which I see nearly every day amongst my younger friends at uni.
They are always broke, having to extend their overdrafts, work two jobs to pay off their debts and still they carry on spending money they don't have.
This kind of behaviour baffles me, but when I ask them if they are worried about it, half of them simply turn round and tell me that their parents will sort everything out.
It must be nice to have such wealthy parents.
I know that mine certainly aren't.
If I got into so much financial strife my mum and step-dad's response would be something like `You got yourself into this mess, you've got to take responsibility for it'.
I firmly believe that my parents firm but fair approach is the reason I'm able to enjoy my time at uni without having extra financial worries, and why I have never once had to go into my overdraft.