-Bredehoft, D., Illsley Clarke, J., Krause, L., McCann, E., Routh, B., Hagen Jokela, R., & Kunkel, K.  (2016). Parenting in an age of overindulgence: The development of an online course. Resource Rountable presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN. November 2, 2016.

- Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson and David Bredehoft’s work was the main focus of the article titled “Give Children Less Stuff, More Time During The Holidays” published December 6, 2016 in the Muscatine Journal.

The retired Concordia St. Paul University faculty and spousesDavid Bredehoft BOOK CLUB met on MONDAY, September 19, 2016 to discuss How Much Is Too Much? Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children--from Toddlers to Teens--in an Age of Overindulgence. The discussion was led by , retired CSP faculty member. The discussion was interesting and informative. Thank you Concordia faculty for choosing our book to read and discuss.

David Bredehoft was interviewed by Jenni and Jody of POP Parenting on September 14, 2016. The radio show was on the connection between Overindulgence, Grit and Stamina. You can download and listen to the September 17, 2016 podcast at Thank you Jenni and Jody for having me on your radio show again. Their show is now nationally syndicated.

- Jenni Stahlmann and Jody Hagaman of POP Parenting interviewed David Bredehoft and wrote an article titled Parenting: 3 faces of overindulgence, published September 26, 2016 in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 

- Abbie Kraft, of the Parent Herald, published an article titled “Parenting Tips: Spoiling Children At a Young Age Can Lead To Long-Term Effects” on May 12, 2016. She quoted our work. Thanks Abbie.

- Our book How Much is Too Much? was reviewed by Audrey Kraynak, in the CFLE Network Newsletter published by the National Council on Family Relations. "How Much Is Too Much is easy reading with large print (estimated at approximately a sixth grade level). Important information is reiterated graphically to reinforce specific points while pertinent quotes are also included to help reinforce information. This book would be useful for personal reading as well as parenting programs involving individuals with differing levels of education or at different stages of parenting. Although useful to a lay reader, the case study material included in many of the chapters as well as the information contained within the appendices, especially the references, makes it a useful tool for professionals working with the public or leading discussion groups of students and or/parents.” Audrey Kraynak, Ph.D., CFLE, certified school neuropsychologist as well as nationally certified and Ohio licensed school psychologist. She is a former adjunct faculty member of the Human Development/Family Studies department at Kent State University. 

Kate Shannon reviewed How Much Is Too Much? [previously published as How Much Is Enough?]: Raising Likeable, Responsible,...

 Brilliant Book for Wise Parents January 31, 2016

Human connection and belonging are so critically and fundamentally important to a life well-lived. Dr. Clarke offers theory and research to help parents identify and overcome the individually and socially negative ramifications of overindulgence. She challenges us to understand the power of loving through the act of providing reasonable boundaries and consistent structure. Why would we do this? So that we're raising kids who don't allienate everyone around them (including their parents)? And why would that matter? Because kids who alienate others will wind up lonely and dissociated from the fullness and richness of deep, connected, open and vulnerable human relationships. And the vital importance of that connection is an outcome worth fighting for.

- David Bredehoft was interviewed on January 19, 2016 by Randi Mazzella for an article in Grown and Flown. The title of the article was “Is There More to a Teen’s Messy Room Than the Mess?” What do parents do? Say something or let it slide? Dr. Bredehoft weighs in on the issue.

- Connie Dawson was interviewed on November 13, 2015 by Melissa Ericsson, reporter for GateHouse Media. She interviewed Connie for a story on the benefits of chores. The story will appear in the January Family section.

- How Much is Too Much? was featured in an article by Katherine Lee titled “Are You Overindulging Your Child? How to tell if you’re giving your child too much, too soon, and for too long” published in VeryWell on October 5, 2015.

- David Bredehoft was the guest speaker for the PPT Parent Programing Team at Olentangy Schools , Olentangy, OH on September 16, 2015. The title of his presentation was “Raising Children in an Increasingly Overindulgent World”.

- David Bredehoft was the guest speaker for the P.E.R.K. Parents Encouraging Responsible Choices at the Dublin Recreation Center, Dublin, OH on September 17, 2015. The title of his presentation was “Raising Children in an Increasingly Overindulgent World”.

- Jean Illsley Clarke presented a webinar titled “Guiding Parents in the Age of Overindulgence” on July 30, 2015. The webinar was presented through the University of Minnesota Extension in conjunction with Ellie McCann, Extension Educator.

- Jean Illsley Clarke was honored on for the development of The Nurture-Structure Highway.

As a third part of a three part series, David Bredehoft and Jean Illsley Clarke were interviewed on Pop Parenting with Jenni and Jody (WSRQ - Sarasota Talk Radio) on Saturday May 16, 2015 at 9:00am CST. Listeners may tune in and/or get the podcast.

As a second part of a three part series, Jean Illsley Clarke was interviewed on Pop Parenting with Jenni and Jody (WSRQ - Sarasota Talk Radio) on Saturday May 9, 2015 at 9:00am CST. Listeners may tune in and/or get the podcast.

- David Bredehoft was the guest speaker for the Religion in Life Program at Messiah Lutheran Church in , Lakeville, MN on May 7, 2015. The title of his presentation was “Does Raising Children in an Overindulgent World Pose Threats for Your Child’s Spirituality?” The event is free and open to all.

- The first part of a three part series, David Bredehoft was interviewed on Pop Parenting with Jenni and Jody (WSRQ - Sarasota Talk Radio) on Saturday May 2, 2015 at 9:00am CST. Listeners may tune in and/or get the podcast.

- Jean Illsley Clarke was interviewed by Claudia Guzman for Revisita Ya on April 7, 2015. Revisit Ya is a women’s magazine published in Chile with approximately 300,000 readers. The story is about how household chores can benefit children and how overindulgence plays a part in the process. Date for publication TBA.

- Jean Illsley Clarke was interviewed by Nadia Giordana for Where Women Talk , on March 23, 2015. You can view the interview about grandparents at WomanVision TV: Where Women Talk.

- The University of Minnesota Alumni Association presented a free webinar titled Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence on March 6, 2015. You can view the webinar for free.

- Jean Illsley Clarke and David Bredehoft were interviewed by on Doctor Radio-SiriusXM81’s About Our Kids ,show on January 30, 2015.

- Jean Illsley Clarke was interviewed by Randi Mazzella , on January 27, 2015 for an article on raising teens.

- David Bredehoft gave a book talk on “How Much is Too Much? at the River Falls, WI Public Library on December 11, 2014, 7:00pm. Thanks to all who came!

- David Bredehoft was interviewed on December 4, 2014 by Pamela Knudson of the Grand Forks Herald who is writing an article on overindulgence for her newspaper. Thank you Pamela for such a great interview and I am looking forward to reading your article slated for publication on December 16.

- David Bredehoft was the guest speaker for the Religion in Life Program at St.Michael’s Lutheran Church in Roseville, MN on November 23, 2014. The title of his presentation was “Does Raising Children in an Overindulgent World Pose Threats for Your Child’s Spirituality?”

- David Bredehoft gave a book talk on “How Much is Too Much? at the Hudson, WI Public Library on September 25, 2014.

- Jenny read our book and posted this review on Amazon: "This book is a wealth of knowledge! I am raising kids that get compliments every where we go. I've even had people pay for our meals at restaurants because they're so impressed. I was raised as an overindulged kid and have struggled with it my entire life - this book brought answers, gave me great reasons to not overindulge my children, gave excellent advice on how to prevent overindulgence, and gives great resources for looking further into specific areas. I recommend this book to all parents... I promise, you’ll become an even better parent!"

- Jean Illsley Clarke was interviewed on XM Radio on Friday October 17, 2014.

- David Bredehoft was interviewed for the article titled “Why overindulging your kids can lead to lifelong harm” published in published October 14, 2014.

- David Bredehoft was interviewed by Randi Mazzella for this article in New Jersey Family. “Entitled Teens: What to do when you’re raising a spoiled teen” published on October 10, 2014.

- September 26, 2014. “In my work, I serve the most at-risk and fragile parents, youth in the City. Your information has been invaluable to me, my facilitators, the at-risk parents, and not surprisingly the youth in the juvenile justice system.

With all the courses and workshops I’ve taken, all the books, studies, and other publications I’ve read; the book that impacted me the most personally is How Much Is Too Much? I think all parents – from at-risk/court mandated to  “typical” American parents need to read this book and if possible take the course.

I believe that nearly all parents want to do what’s “best” for their children, but are going about it wrong way by doing and giving too much time, money, attention, help. I don’t need to tell you, you literally wrote the books! 

I think How Much Is Too Much? should be read by every parent and let’s not forget loving doting grandparents.” Anita Kulick, President & CEO ECP…Breaking Cycles, Building Futures

- David Bredehoft was interviewed by Randi Mazzella a freelance writer for Teen Life on September 10, 2014. The title of her blog is “Changing the Toilet Paper Roll and Other Life Lessons”.

- David Bredehoft was referenced for this article titled “Overindulging and Creating Self-centered Children/Tips of Parenting.”

- David Bredehoft was cited in the YouTube video titled “Overindulging and Creating Self-Centered Children - Parenting Style and Development of Personality” posted August 29, 2014.

- David Bredehoft was interviewed by Joe Taylor on WCED radio in Dubois, PA on July 17, 2014. The hour long interview was in-depth and Joe asked wonderful questions. Thanks Joe.

- Jean Illsley Clarke was interviewed via Skype on City TV, Edmonton, Canada. You may view it on YouTube, published May 29, 2014.

- “I really appreciated reading How Much is Too Much? and exploring this issue in greater depth.  I have always believed that we do our children a disservice when we fail to teach them core values like thrift, balance, responsibility and spirituality, and overindulging strikes at the very center of these kinds of values.  How Much is Too Much? is a practical, engaging and thoughtful approach to reinforcing these key values in our children’s upbringing and will make a difference to any father or mother who tends to overindulge our kids.  There are lessons to be learned in How Much is Too Much? for all of us and they are lessons which will bless future generations if we follow them.” Wayne Parker, Read the full review at Fatherhood.

- Connie Dawson“Stop Overindulging Your Children  was quoted by Jill Rigby in her online article titled published in Family Life.

- Jean Illsley Clarke was interviewed by Brian Rosemeyer for the Sun Sailor. The article titled Book talk: Parenting in an age of overindulgence appeared on May 6, 2014.

- Overindulgence: Building Resiliency in the Face of the New Normal is a short YouTube video created by the University of Minnesota Extension. It is excellent.

Steve Dahl We would like to share it with you.wrote a poem about children, chores, and overindulgence based on some of our work.

- David Bredehoft was interviewed on USAA’s We Know What It Means to Serve Channel for Army Wife Radio by Tara Crooks on May 26, 2014. Click here to listen to the interview.

- Jean Illsley Clarke was interviewed by Louiza Hebhardt on April 12, 2014 for an article titled “Four Ways to Recognize an Overindulged Child.”

David Bredehoft was interviewed by R. GALLYOT’s April 8, 2014 on his radio show called AIRWAVES heard on KWMR Radio 89.9 & 90.5FM which broadcasts primarily along the coast in Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco counties. You can hear it at:

- Jean Illsley Clark was interviewed by Heidi Stevens of the Chicago Tribune. The parenting column titled “The Parent ‘Hood: Kids won’t help around house without pay” appeared on Friday March 21, 2014.

- Jean Illsley Clarke published an article titled “5 Tips For Parents to Avoid the Damaging Effects of Overindulgence” on the Improving Lives: CEHD Vision 2020 Blog on December 6, 2013.

- David Bredehoft appeared on the Marilu Henner Show Tuesday March 3rd, 2014. To listen go to Marilu’s home page and scroll down to the date above.

- Don’t Give Your Children Too Much, Says Jean Illsley Clarke

David Bredehoft was interviewed by Katherine Lee for an article on It is titled “Overindulged Children - Are You Overindulging Your Child?

- David Bredehoft was interviewed by Melinda Wenner Moyer for her article in Slate Magazine. It is titled “How to Raise Thankful Kids”

- The word about our overindulgence work is getting out. Here's an article in the Fargo newspaper that is based on our book.

- A very nice article that appeared in the Hudson Star-Observer about our new book.

- Now is the time to begin thinking about overindulgence and the season of giving. Here's a short article that highlights some or our research. Please read before you buy.

- This article was written by Jean Illsley Clarke for Educarer. It is titled “Overindulgence: When Receiving Hurts Instead of Helps” and it is worth rereading.

- Connie Dawson was referenced in this article by Jill Rigby titled “Stop Overindulging Your Children.”

- Our Parenting Highway was featured on the blogspot July 30, 2013.

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