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Do American Parents Raise The World’s Most Spoiled Kids?

Boy Having Temper Tantrum (credit: ClipArt)

Boy Having Temper Tantrum (credit: ClipArt)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s a topic that’s getting some people hot under the collar: spoiled kids. According to a recent study, American kids may be the most spoiled in the world – and some parents agree.

Denise Schipani, author of ‘Mean Moms Rule,’ visited The Couch to discuss the thorny issue.

At what point do we notice we’re raising spoiled children?

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“I think what’s happened is we’re seeing the results now in young adults of a generation – or more – of what’s called ‘helicopter parenting,'” Schipani said. “Young adults can’t seem to manage life on their own.”

Why are we doing this?

“I think a lot of it is that we’re busy – or we perceive that we’re a lot busier – and  you start out making a sandwich for your kid when he’s two, which makes perfect sense, and then when he’s eight and perfectly capable of making a peanut butter sandwich on his own, we’re still doing it for him. And we’re still tying his shoes and we’re still making sure his homework is in his backpack.”

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You may think as a parent that it’s easier or faster to just perform simple tasks – like making a sandwich – for your child in the interest of time. This only contributes to the problem, Schipani added.

“There isn’t a chance for the kid to own their own success or their failures,” she said.

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