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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Daily Parenting Tip

Consider what values you want to pass down to your child.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Overindulgence: Where Do You Draw the Line? (Anshu Basnyat, LCPC)

    Both my husband and I agree that we do not want to overindulge our children. We foresee the problems overindulgence can cause.  You eat too much junk food, you become unhealthy. You watch too much television, your brain becomes dull. Moreover, we do not want to cultivate a lifestyle that fosters greediness, narcissism, seeking happiness from external factors, financial irresponsibility, etc.  However, a point of contention rolls in when we cannot agree on where to draw the line. 
    To be fair, we are consistent with each other when it comes to setting limits with junk food intake, tv time, computer/video game time, but when it comes to toys and clothing we are little baffled.  We are not a family who owns ten pairs of jeans for each family member nor do we have mountains of toys in our home.  At times, it still feels a bit much. I would love to come up with some kind of formula or guiding principle to tackle this parenting issue. Furthermore, I would love to hear from you on how you decide how much is too much!

Daily Parenting Tip

Slip a loving note in your child’s lunch bag every now and then!