Today’s Word: indulge

February 17, 2017 =========

☆  indulge  甘やかす


When you indulge someone, you let them have what they want, even if it is not good for them. You’ll hear this word used a lot to describe parents (or grandparents) indulging their kids. Basically, it means they are spoiling them. Either they are buying them things they want without thinking about whether they actually need it. Or they are doing things for them that they should be doing for themselves.

For example, a teenager that lives at home should be doing their own washing. Or a child starting school should be tying their own shoelaces. Or if a child always gets the latest video game or the newest Smartphone.

Are children indulged in Japan? In what ways?