“Q: I have a delightful 6-month-old daughter. She’s the only grandchild in my extended family and has been spoiled so far with love, attention and (even as I try to prevent the rising tide) toys. It’s gotten a little better, but I still have several relatives who bring gifts every time they see her, which is frequently. On my husband’s side of the family, it isn’t quite as extreme. Recently we spent time with family friends whom I had not seen in years, with daughters who were ages 8 and 5. The girls were a handful, to put it mildly. They were constantly fighting with each other to get their parents’ attention, needed tablets at all times but were “sooooo borreedddd” and more. I thought maybe they were having a bad day until their dad commented at how well-behaved they were being. I want to know how I can prevent what I witnessed. I’m mostly concerned that my extended family, whom we spend a lot of time with, will never want to “be the parent” with my daughter, and she will grow up encouraged to be the center of attention and given everything she wants.”
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