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Oh Susie! You know what the prob­lem is but you choose to ig­nore it. Your chil­dren are de­mand­ing and are never happy with what they have be­cause they don’t have the one thing all chil­dren want and need – their mother’s at­ten­tion. You are ply­ing them with ex­pen­sive days out, sweets and treats to keep them quiet while you work to sup­ply them with "things" that they do not need.

Chil­dren in my day were se­cure enough to make their own fun, and did not pester Mum be­cause they knew that she was al­ways there.

With all that chil­dren re­ceive and do, they still want more. What kind of adults will they turn out to be you have to ask? Stop beat­ing yourself up about your chil­dren's bad be­hav­iour and just say NO.

It’s pretty easy re­ally, and a word they need to hear. Carolyn Phillips via email

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