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Modern morals: My friend's spoiling of his kids has made them entitled, precocious and very overweight – should I have a word?

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Be supportive and use the friendly approach if offering parenting advice to avoid confrontation. Photo: Stock image

Be supportive and use the friendly approach if offering parenting advice to avoid confrontation. Photo: Stock image

Be supportive and use the friendly approach if offering parenting advice to avoid confrontation. Photo: Stock image

Question: I’ve become friendly with my neighbour and, over the years, his kids have become friendly with mine. Some of our kids are of the same age and they all hang around together in the local green. My friend is a single dad so he only has his kids with him over the weekend but I’m beginning to see the impact his style of parenting is having on them. He spoils them rotten with all the latest sports gear and gadgets, and they have unlimited access to screen-time and sweets.

It’s hard to set rules with your children when their friends have iPhones at the age of 10 but, putting that aside, I think he’s ruining his children who used to be such good-natured kids. They’re now entitled, precocious and very overweight.


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