MSNBC Melissa Harris-Perry
Parenting in the Too Much Information Age
Tovah P. Klein, author of “How Toddlers Thrive” joins the show to discuss how too much technology could negatively impact parenting.
Tovah talks about toddlers and tantrums on BabyChatTV
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.”