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How Much Is Enough?

How Much Is Enough?

No. 9211

by Jean Illsley Clarke, Ph.D.; Connie Dawson, Ph.D.; and David Bredehoft, Ph.D.

Everything you need to know to steer clear of overindulgence and raise likeable, responsible and respectful children—from toddler to teen.
All parents, regardless of age, income, or marital status, have the same goal—to do the best possible for their child. But despite their good intentions, the life-enhancing abundance heaped on our children often becomes more than they need or can handle, and the line is crossed into overindulgence. In How Much is Enough?, parenting experts offer an in-depth look at how damaging overindulgence is to children, affecting their ability to learn many of the important life skills they need to thrive as adults.

Filled with smart advice, real-life stories, and effective strategies based on extensive research, How Much is Enough? tells you everything you need to know to avoid or repair the damage overindulgence causes, including:

  • How to figure out if you're being overindulgent and ways to act differently
  • How to teach your child what "enough" means
  • Tips on establishing firm rules and structure
  • How to instill responsibility and independence in your kids
  • What to do when friends or family overindulge your kids
  • How to break the cycle if you were overindulged as a child
  • The truth is that overindulgence is not the badge of a bad parent; in fact, it comes directly from having a good and generous heart. Based on solid, groundbreaking research involving 1,200 parents and their children, How Much is Enough? gives parents the insight and advice they need to parent in an effective and loving way and put their children on track for a happy and successful life. (314 pp.)

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