The Andy Griffith Show

Classic Clip from The Andy Griffith Show on How to Not Raise a Spoiled Kid

It starts off with two boys hanging out together and Taylor admiring Arnold’s new bike. When Taylor says that he must have been working hard for a long time to save up for his own bike, Arnold informs his friend that “kids aren’t supposed to work for their allowance.” In a comedic response, Taylor says “My paw is awful busy, maybe he hasn’t heard this new stuff.”

Arnold then shows off his tantrum-throwing skills that help him get what his parents want. Later in the episode, Arnold gets reprimanded for riding his bike on the sidewalk. He then gets his bike taken away when he refuses to listen to the warning that he was given.

Following that scene, Taylor sees his father and tells him that he doesn’t want to work anymore for his allowance. His father tells him that is not how things work: no work, no allowance. Now, that’s how to show kids how important it is for them to work hard to earn the things they want!

Taylor tries to use some of the tantrum techniques Arnold told him about. He starts by holding his breath and then moves to yelling and screaming while rolling around on the floor. In a comedic response, his father just doesn’t pay him any mind and tells him not to get his clothes all dirty.

Towards the end of the clip, Arnold’s father realizes how his child is spoiled and very self-centered. He decides that he is going to sell his son’s bike because of his bad behavior.

Taylor then comes to his senses and asks his dad if he can go back to doing chores for him to earn an allowance. He says that he wants to save up for a bell and then a bike to put under it.

What a great reminder to teach our kids the importance of respect and hard work; such important lessons that will help them as they grow up!

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