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Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence

Overindulgence is giving your child too much of anything that can delay their development. It's important for parents and caregivers to identify and prevent overindulgence in their homes.

New Online Course for Parents
The online course ​​Parenting with a Good Heart: Learning to Live Lives of Abundance Without Overindulgence​ ​will be​ launched early 2017. For more information, contact Extension Educator Ellie McCann (mccan023@umn.edu; 763-767-3879).

Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence Online Course

This free online course will help you learn how to identify if something is "too much" and get strategies to avoid overindulgence.

Overindulgence: The Test of Four

The Test of Four tool helps you and the children in your care learn what is enough, guiding you both towards personal responsibility, self-control, and good decision-making.

Related Resources

Growing Up Resilient Webinar — Recorded webinar for parents and parent educators that discusses what resilience is and how we can build resilience in children.

Setting Limits for Responsive Discipline — Limits provide a sense of security for children.

5 Tips for Parents to Avoid the Damaging Effects of Overindulgence — In this article, Jean Illsley Clarke discusses the concept of overindulgence, offering five tips on how to recognize it and what to do about it.

Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children in an Age of OverindulgenceDavid Bredehoft, Jean Illsley Clarke, and Connie Dawson — Provides more information on what overindulgence is, research completed on the topic, and resources for parents to use.

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