The Babysitter has a great new post up called Spoiling Children. She discusses the negative effects of spoiling your children and offers tips on how to prevent it from happening. I don't know how a young woman who is not yet a parent herself got to be so smart about parenting, but she has really hit the nail on the head with this one. (She must be a great babysitter!)
I've been surprised to realize lately that it is not enough to avoid spoiling your children when they are little. Now that my kids are entering adolescence, they often exhibit the same kind of irrational, moody, whiny, and demanding behavior that toddlers do. I worked so hard the first time around to make sure that they didn't become spoiled, but now I find that I have to do a lot of the same work all over again. My sister always says that teenagers are just toddlers without diapers; there are days when that seems to be true. But I'm older now and I have much less patience for this kind of nonsense than I used to. So, sorry kids. Quit whining. Momma's way too cranky to care anymore.