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September 17, 2018 Overindulgence

Liz Larson, Parent and Family Resource Center
For the week of September 17, 2018


Dates to Remember

September 20th                Morton County Fair Board Meeting, New Salem 7:30pm
October 1st                       Parents Forever, Mandan, 5-9pm
October 4th                       Stepping On – Fall Prevention 7 week series – 1 – 3 pm
October 8th                       Chef for a Day Grill-Off, Bismarck, 5:30-7:30pm
October 9th                          Annie’s Project, Flasher
October 12th                     4-H Recognition Night, Mandan, 6:00pm

Are You Overindulging Your Children?

If you are opening large credit card bills, tripping over piles of toys, making reservations for hotel rooms in places you really were not expecting to visit with the traveling team, or trying to find time to go see grandma, you may want to look up the word “overindulge.”

The book “How Much is Too Much, Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children - From Toddlers to Teens - in an Age of Overindulgence” covers overindulgence from birth through adult development into our 90’s. The book contains information on how overindulgence can be damaging to children, deciding when you are overindulging and how to stop, establishing firm rules, structure and instilling responsibility and independence in your children. It also covers what to do if the overindulgence is coming from other family and friends, and how grandparents can help. If digging into a whole book is not what you are looking for, you are in luck.

A free, one-hour video presentation, “Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence” with printable certificate of completion and handouts, is available from University of Minnesota Extension. The presentation helps adults apply “the test of 4” to determine if a situation is harmfully overindulgent to a child, family or the environment. You can find Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence at http://www.extension.umn.edu/family/live-healthy-live-well/healthy-children/overindulgence/online-course-for-parents/.

Another resource created by NDSU Extension is an in-person class called, “Overdone - Practicing Wellness in Busy Families.” This 90-minute class is the perfect opportunity to look at your schedule, your family and what you really value. Participants use learning tasks to determine if they should make adjustments to some of their scheduled activities in order to make more time for family activities. Many times families are overwhelmed running kids from one activity to the next every day of the week. We don’t’ realize that sometimes, your children are missing out on opportunities at home for working on chores, life-skills, having time to build relationships with family members, and learn the importance of balance.

If you think this would be an interesting program to offer for families in the community, let the Parent and Family Resource Center know. The class can be followed up with emails containing a short podcast, helpful tips and a family worksheet for wellness in eight different areas: environmental, financial, social, intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, work and/or school. If you resolve, intend or simply decide to make a change in the way your family handles the “I wants,” check out these resources. And then, perhaps it is time to call grandma.

Source: Kim Bushaw, NDSU family science specialist, 701-231-7450, kim.bushaw@ndsu.edu

For more information about resources or to inquire about programs and classes coming up, contact Liz at the Parent and Family Resource Center | Region 7, 701-667-3342 or email liz.larson@ndsu.edu

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