Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age

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Miamax, 2003 M01 8 - 288 pages
While many adolescents today have all the useful accessories of a prosperous society-cell phones, credit cards, computers, cars-they have few of the responsibilities that build character. Under intense pressure to be perfect and achieve, they devote little time to an inner life, and a culture that worships instant success makes it hard for them to engage in the slow, careful building of the skills that enhance self-esteem and self-sufciency. In this powerful and provocative book, Dr. Kindlon delineates how indulged toddlers become indulged teenagers who are at risk for becoming prone to, among other things, excessive self-absorption, depression and anxiety, and lack of self-control. Too Much of a Good Thing maps out the ways in which parents can reach out to their children, teach them engagement in meaningful activity, and promote emotional maturity and a sense of self-worth. Dan Kindlon, Ph.D. is a professor of child psychology at Harvard University. He is a frequent contributor to Child magazine and is the co-author of Raising Cain, a New York Times best-seller. He lives in Boston with his wife and two children.

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User Review  - marck - LibraryThing

The second half of this book had some good ideas to direct your parenting style in a direction that will lead to children to be more attentive to the needs of the world around them. But if you turned ... Read full review

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User Review  - Deeni - Goodreads

Although this book is primarily about kids of the very wealthy, I think the lessons are certainly transferable. Indulging one's children is not all about material things, and this is certainly a different culture than what we grew up with. Easy reading. Read full review


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