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Don't be too busy to parent: Do Busy Schedules Mean Lax Parenting?

Don't be too busy to parent



It’s true that most workers spend more time with their colleagues than they do with their families. And with so many survivors of economic-downturn-induced layoffs handling the duties once carried out by two or even three people, family time is even more limited. Unfortunately, parents overcompensating for their absence are spoiling their kids, says Lori Gottlieb, a therapist and author of an article, “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy.” Child psychologist Dan Kindlon concurs. “We don’t set limits, because we want our kids to like us at every moment, even though it’s better for them if sometimes they can’t stand us,” says Kindlon.
 

Do Busy Schedules Mean Lax Parenting?

[extract from the Wall Street Journal]

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A scene from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Are accommodating-to-a-fault parents raising a generation of over-entitled shrinking violets? Are our busy schedules causing us to coddle our kids during the limited time that we spend with them? That’s the theme of “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy,” the cover story in the current Atlantic magazine, which was a popular topic of conversation around the swimming pool this weekend.
  
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