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Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children…

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

by Dan Kindlon

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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 to this book looking for a how-to on avoiding the pitfalls of the spoiled child, you will find surprisingly few pages devoted to this.

For some people, I'm sure this is not a good thing. From the start, most of the book seems to be about the sociological proof that many children are spoiled. This felt to me like proving spending pages of scientific data, surveys, and anecdotal proof (through interviews) that winter in Chicago can be cold. Kindlon is thorough in his proof, but the results are hardly surprising.

I liked the suggestion of remembering the best points of our own parents' parenting and then using those ideas as a model for one's own parenting. And while the second part of the book, which focuses on the specific problems of spoiled kids (and their parents), uses the metaphor of the "seven deadly sins," the gimmick feels strained at times.

I'm coming off sounding pretty negative here, but there was a lot of good in this book. I would say that it's a must-read for parents who think putting a television in their children's bedrooms is a good idea. But if you were already aware of the dangers of such behavior, you may find little in this book that is eye-opening. ( )
  marck | Mar 29, 2009 |
Read right after The Over-Scheduled Child and the two together make an interesting read I think. Again, another book I think a lot parents today need to read. ( )
  Brandie | Sep 9, 2007 |
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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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Kindlon, renowned parenting expert and coauthor of the bestselling "Raising Cain", offers an indispensable guide for a timely concern: raising well-balanced children in an era of increasing prosperity.

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