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Are you concerned about giving "too much" to the children in your care? Do you want to know how overindulgence affects all types of families? Do you want practical and easy parenting tools that you can use right away? Then the Parenting with a Good Heart Online Course is for you!
Join author and researcher Jean Illsley Clarke, parent educator Lisa Krause, and a multidisciplinary team of Extension educators in the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development in an exploration of overindulgence and how you can avoid it with children.
Overindulgence is giving your child too much of anything — money, space, time, energy, or attention — that can delay their development. Parents and caregivers overindulge children from a "good heart," but it doesn't help children or families in the long run. Parents can learn to wrap their good hearts with the strengths it takes to resist overindulging. Then they can teach their children how to be accountable and responsible for themselves and toward others.
The online course Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence is an introduction to what overindulgence in parenting may look like and how to counter it. In this 1-hour course, participants examine three scenarios, apply the “Test of Four” to determine if overindulgence is present, and explore possible solutions. Some course components were developed based on materials used in the How Much is Too Much? Book, written by Jean Illsley Clarke, PhD, Connie Dawson, PhD, and David Bredehoft, PhD.
Am I giving my child too much? Am I doing too much for my child?
Are you asking yourself those questions a lot as you struggle to meet the challenges of parenting in the age of overindulgence? If so, taking the Developmental Parenting Highway Online Course can help.
Parenting is like driving a car. It is better to stay in the center of the road off the shoulders and out of the ditches of overindulgence.
Whether you’re a parent, sibling, or other caregiver to a child, this class will teach you the four positive aspects of middle-of-the-road “driving” on the developmental parenting highway. You will also learn the best strategies for preventing overindulgence as children grow and develop.