BOOKS: Parenting in an age of entitlement

Here's a book you'll be dying to hand out to all the helicopter parents at the playground.

Dr. Carla Fry, a North Shore resident, and Dr. Lisa Ferarri of Real Parenting Lab have published Gratitude Kindness: A Modern Parents Guide to Raising Children in an Era of Entitlement ($20), a wake-up call to the epidemic of "entitle-mania" in the new generation of kids.

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With practical solutions and specific examples (stop paying your kid $50 to wash the car!), the doctors are direct and to the point about how giving in to your kids' every whim is short-term gain for long-term pain. They teach that there is a positive feedback loop between kindness and happiness, and that grateful children are kind children - and we can all be happy about that.

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