This book addresses the problems that occur when children are given everything they want, but not what they most desperately need: parents who love them enough to set some limits. Dr. Kindlon writes: “[Children must] learn at an early age, even if it’s painful, that their needs don’t always come first and that the world does not revolve around them…. [T]his is one of the most important lessons that we can teach them.” This book validated a couple of my own long held beliefs; namely, that the family dinner hour is extremely important and should be jealously guarded, and that children grow up to be more successful who are required to do regular household chores. The financial struggles many parents are facing in these hard economic times may actually be one of the best things that ever happened to their children.
Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age