There are memes going around that place the blame for the laziness of this generation's children on their parents. It's true. Children don't have poor behavior and poor work ethic because they are just bad people, it's because they have been trained to be that way.
Understand, if you are one of these bad parents, it is not a statement about your worth as a human being. It is a statement that denotes that your parenting attempts have failed. If it was a statement of work, then the quote would be "bad people as parents."
Understand, most parents of children who are in Generation Z, are not bad people. Most parents of Generation Z simply adhere to failed parenting strategies. Strategies such as:
Being the child's best friend.
Giving in to the child after they whine for a few moments.
Doing everything for the child.
Allowing older siblings to do everything for the child.
Disallowing the child to suffer the consequences of poor decisions.
Failing to spank.
Anything "attachment parenting."
Ensuring the child thinks they are special.
Ensuring the child thinks that they deserve everything.
Not requiring the child to do work / chores / put on their own clothes / tie their own shoes /etc.
Tolerating tantrums and other bad behavior.
Making excuses for that bad behavior.
Encouraging that bad behavior.
Have you ever been upset with your child's teacher because of a grade your child received? If so, you are part of the problem.
Does your child take medication for ADD / ADHD? If so, then you are part of the problem.
Is your child still not potty trained, yet they are Age 4 or older? If so, then you are part of the problem.
Are you seeking a martial arts program for your child, age 2, 3, 4, 5 (prior to Kindergarten) for discipline? If so, you are likely part of the problem. And here's a hint from a martial arts instructor - because you will not reinforce the discipline at home, it will not work.
Has your child been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder? 90% chance you are at least part of the problem, if not the entire problem.
Just remember, children do exactly as they are expected to do.