Too many parents are waiting "hand and foot" on their children.
This is the assertion made by Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), who said some kids are treated like "little Buddhas".
She observed this approach will not aid children in school or in the long-term, as they would be better off helping with the household chores.
Speaking at the ATL annual conference in Manchester, Dr Bousted remarked: "We need to be more confident in what's reasonable and in our expectations of children and young people."
Without boundaries, the expert believes kids cannot fully appreciate what their responsibilities are to others.
Mums and dads should focus on safeguarding and teaching their offspring, rather than seeking to do everything for them.
From this month, a trial scheme run by the National Childbirth Trust, Save the Children and the Fatherhood Institute will see parents offered classes designed to improve their attributes.
Individuals in Middlesbrough, High Peak in Derbyshire and Camden in London will be among the first to get access to the initiative.