The Myth of the spoiled child

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Hour 1

Guest: Alfie Kohn

Some people complain that children today are too coddled, too indulged, too praised. This has led to a generation, they argue, of underachievers and narcissists.  But ALFIE KOHN doesn’t buy it.  He says that the benefits of failure and adversity in a child’s life have been overstated, and parenting to make a kid more gritty and resilient can be damaging.  Marty talks to Kohn about his new book, The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting.

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