What to do
Stop the insanity! Gain some control with tips from Dr. David Bredehoft, of overindulgence.org.
■ Read a good book on the subject. There is more help about avoiding overindulgence in How Much is Too
Much? Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children — From Toddlers To Teens — In An Age of Overindulgence (2014, DaCapo Press Lifelong Books).
■ Download a great book on the subject. Good Heart Parenting: A Journey of
Love and Strength (2018, University of Minnesota Extension Press) at https://goo.gl/DgrZjC
■ Take a free online course to learn more about childhood overindulgence. Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence Online Course is offered by The University of Minnesota Extension. https://goo.gl/kXzmPk
■ Seek out child development information. It’s important to know what children need to be struggling with at what particular age — and to let them struggle. That’s how they learn valuable life lessons and skills.
■ Teach your children to do chores. Take the time to teach chores and household tasks, including all self-care tasks.
■ Change only one thing at a time. Identify which of the three types of overindulgence you do most often and start to change that. After a time, address each of the other two types.
■ Teach respect for people and things.