Magazine article Work & Family Life

The Impact of Overindulgence on Kids and Adults

Magazine article Work & Family Life

The Impact of Overindulgence on Kids and Adults

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The impact of overindulgence on kids and adults

We know instinctively that it's not a good idea to overindulge our kids. But we're not always sure of the reasons why this is true.

The book How Much Is Too Much deals with every aspect of overindulgence: what it is, why we do it and how it affects our children-as well as the impact on us as adults if we were overindulged ourselves as a child.

Based on extensive research studies over the past 10 years, the authors have discovered that overindulgence comes from a good heart but "it is not harmless. It sets children up for discomfort and failures in their adult lives and can make parenting their own children a bumpy road."

This is more than a description of the who, why and what of overindulgence. It is full of concrete and helpful advice on how to recognize overindulgence in children and what to do about it.

The authors identify three types of overindulgence (see Front Page article) and recommend strategies to deal with each. They describe which methods work best to establish firm rules and structure, and how to instill responsibility and independence and what to do if family and friends are overindulging your children. …

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