Desperate parents everywhere cave when their kids push them hard enough, teaching them all kinds of unhelpful lessons: for instance, that rules can be broken and that it’s perfectly acceptable to use bad behaviour to accomplish a goal. The vast majority of parents report that when they just can’t take the whining anymore or when they just really need to get the groceries and get home, they hand over the forbidden fruit to their child.
The great give-in is a problem that endures through all the ages and stages of childhood. But it is a problem that can be solved.
The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World, by Amy McCready, offers tools you can use to put an end to the battles — and your own propensity to give in.