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Dr.s Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson and Dave Bredehoft, authors of How Much is Enough, along with Dr. Michael Walcheski, are again collecting data in a NEW study on:

"Overindulgence and Parenting Styles".
In the past you may have participated in our studies and these researchers would like to extend the invitation for you to again participate in this new study.

The Overindulgence and Parenting Styles Study
We are inviting parents of children to participate in a study investigating the relationship between "Overindulgence and Parenting Styles".
As a subject in this study:

You can participate on-line at the following link: www.overindulgence.info
Thank you very much for your help and participation in this NEW study.

Read Results of 3 Years of Overindulgence Studies: Click on the cover to order the 2004 published book compiling the results of three years of research: 'How Much is Enough?'
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REVIEW:
How Much Is Enough?: Everything You Need to Know to Steer Clear of Overindulgence and Raise Likeable, Responsible and Respectful Children.

This is a question all parents ponder at some time or another. “Am I spoiling my child?” Jean Illsley Clarke, Ph.D., well-known parent educator, has just published her new book, appropriately titled, How Much is Enough? Jean and her co-authors, Connie Dawson, Ph.D., and David Bredehoft, Ph.D., discuss the different types of overindulgence and the pain of adults who were overindulged as children.

"Overindulgence" is not just giving too many toys to children. “Soft structure” overindulgence involves not setting limits for children. "Over-nurturing" is when we do too much for our children instead of expecting them to perform the same tasks, i.e. tying shoes or putting on coats.

The authors use a simple "Test of Four" to determine overindulgence.

  1. "Does the situation hinder the child from learning the tasks that support his or her development and learning at this age?"
  2. "Does the situation give a disproportionate amount of family resources to one or more of the children?” This can include money, space, time, energy, attention and psychic input."
  3. "Does the situation exist to benefit the adult more than the child?"
  4. "Does the child’s behavior potentially harm others, society, or the planet in some way?"
A "Yes" answer to any of the above questions indicates the situation needs to be carefully looked at by the parents.

This book is a wealth of parenting advice covering the years from toddlers to teens. It is easy to read and does belong in every parent’s library. It’s available at Amazon.com. You can read these researchers overindulgence series of articles on this site and on their own site at www.overindulgence.info.

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