Author Alfie Kohn on 'The Myth of the Spoiled Child'

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There's a set of complaints we hear about young people these days -- that they're entitled, over-praised and grow up thinking they're more special than they really are. But in his new book "The Myth of the Spoiled Child," writer Alfie Kohn says the barbs leveled at permissive parents and the supposedly narcissistic kids they raise are unfounded. Kohn says parents should work to raise kids with high self-esteem, and that the fashionable belief that kids must develop grit and self-discipline through failure and suffering is unproven and often counterproductive.


Alfie Kohn, author of "The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting"