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Our Spoiled, Rotten Children

"With the exception of the imperial offspring of the Ming dynasty and the dauphins of pre-Revolutionary France, contemporary American kids may represent the most indulged young people in the history of the world," Ms. Kolbert writes, early on. “It’s not just that they've been given unprecedented amounts of stuff,” adding, "They've also been granted unprecedented authority." American parents are raising a generation of "adultescents," she writes. We don't say no. We tie their shoes. We do their chores.


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