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First-time dad learns how not to be the kind of parent he fears becoming.
interview with Tovah P. Klein from time.com/money
Excerpt from article.
I started thinking about the nature of toddlers and their stuff, and I’ve been mulling over a few issues ever since. The first has to do with spoiling. I know that you can’t really spoil a baby—infants’ needs must be met. But am I developing habits of indulgence now that will ossify over time and lead me to spoil Luke when he’s older? Am I setting myself up to be a bad parent? The second issue has to do with the presents themselves, the catalyst of my spoiling concern: there must be a better use for all that money.
On the first question, the experts are clear. “You’re not going to spoil a baby,” says Tovah P. Klein, assistant professor of psychology at Barnard College and author of How Toddlers Thrive. “They need to be comforted and cared for.”
If your toddler is constantly in front of the television, computer, iPad or video game, set up a routine that puts limits on his screen time. “Toddlers thrive on routine, so if you limit it to once a day, they can stick to it,” Klein says. “It’s really up to the parents to set limits though. If you’re pulling out your iPhone all the time, then it’s hard to get your child to limit their screen time.”
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