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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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FROM INFANTS TO ADULTS

Grandparents Can Overindulge Family Members of Any Age

OCCASIONAL INDULGENCES ADD COLOR AND PLEASURE TO LIFE. ONLY IF THOSE SAME ACTS BECOME A PATTERN, BECOME CHRONIC, DO THEY BECOME OVERINDULGENCE.

—Indira Newell

OVERINDULGENCE AT DIFFERENT AGES may not look the same, but it is the same in that it involves adults letting their own needs and wishes drive the bus. It’s easy to think of overindulgence as a floor full of toys for a preschooler or too many shoes for an older child, but dedicated overindulging grandparents can push the age line in either direction. Infants can be overindulged, and so can adolescents and even ...

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