How Much is Too Much

                             Newly Revised and Updated…

How Much Is Too Much?

Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children—From Toddlers to Teens—In an Age of Overindulgence

By JEAN ILLSLEY CLARKE, PH.D.,CONNIE DAWSON, PH.D.,                                              and DAVID BREDEHOFT, PH.D.

One of the many fine lines parents walk is the one between providing for their children and overindulging them—but, according to parenting experts Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson, and David Bredehoft, it’s a line so many parents cross that overindulgence has become a harmful “new normal” in parenting. It’s not just a fleeting phase that interferes with a child’s development during their growing years, only to dissipate with maturity. Without identifying the effects of overindulgence and actively working to reverse them, the impact of childhood overindulgence on both today’s children and tomorrow’s parents could be staggering.

In How Much is Too Much: Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children—From Toddlers to Teens—In an Age of Overindulgence, Clarke, Dawson, and Bredehoft build on their original research to provide parents with the tools they need to put their children on the right track. They explain the three most common ways parents overindulge (giving too much, overnurturing, and having a soft structure), and guide parents through implementing firm structures and rules to steer their children towards a healthier sense of responsibility. This new edition of How Much Is Too Much? also features chapters for grandparents (who can be either the overindulgers themselves, or the whistle-blowers), and for parents who might have been overindulged during their own childhoods.

Parenting in a culture of instant gratification and overcompensation isn’t easy. How Much Is Too Much? shows parents how to give their children just what they need to build happy, fulfilled lives.

Jean Clarke Ph.D., is an internationally known parent educator whose books include Self-Esteem and Growing Up Again. She lives in Minnesota. Connie Dawson, Ph.D., is a family therapist and the co-author of Growing Up Again. She lives in Washington state. David Bredehoft, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and the former Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He lives in Wisconsin.


January 15, 2014 Paperback Reissue ISBN: 978-0-7382-1681-2 $16.99 348 Pages Parenting

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