Too Much of a Good Thing : Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age
More and more children are growing up without a clear sense of financial -- or emotional -- limits. The cause is partly economic: According to the IRS, the number of households with incomes between $100,000 and $200,000 more than doubled in the last ten years, to 5.4 million. And it stems from a wider shift in behavior: The Washington Post recently reported findings from U.S. Bancorp that even lower-income families are buying and spending more than ever on their children. But either through over-indulgence due to a new affluence or over-compensation for a lack of time spent in their company -- especially when both parents are working -- many parents have created a world where their children's every need and desire is instantly fulfilled. And yet, as Dr. Kindlon points out, the one thing money can't buy for children is character.Dr. Kindlon shows that many parents are spoiling their children, for many different reasons. Identifying the "Seven Sins of Indulgence": Disrespectfulness, Goal-lessness, Narcissism, Naivete, Amorality, Inability to Tolerate Boredom, and Underachievement, Dr. Kindlon guides parents toward understanding the consequences of giving too much and expecting too little.Too Much of a Good Thing looks at the evidence of extensive new research to deliver some startling conclusions, along with important advice and guidelines. This is a book no parent should be without.
- Hardback | 267 pages
- 164.6 x 243.3 x 27.7mm | 539.78g
- 12 Sep 2001
- Hyperion Books
- United States