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Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence online course

Are you a parent who is concerned about giving "too much" to your children? Are you interested in finding out how overindulgence affects families? Then the Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence online course is for you!

Parents and caregivers overindulge children from a "good heart." Overindulgence doesn't help children (or families) in the long run. Minimizing overindulgence can improve family well-being and stability.

New - Take and teach modules now available for professionals below.

About this course

This course is an exploration of overindulgence and how you can avoid it with your children.

In this course, you will:

  • Learn what overindulgence is.

  • Use tools to identify and address overindulgence.

  • See real examples and hear ideas for addressing overindulgence in families.

This course is for:

  • Parents who are unsure what overindulgence is.

  • Families concerned they may be overindulging.

  • Child care providers, teachers, caregivers, or other family members interacting with children.

  • Professionals who work with parents and families.


This course is free and takes about one hour to complete.

After you finish the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. Printable PDFs of all tools are also available at the end of the course.

Take and teach modules

Professionals can access five free take and teach modules that coincide with this course to use with parents and caregivers!


About the course


If you have questions about this course, please send an email to overindulgence@umn.edu.

Related resources

5 Tips for Parents to Avoid the Damaging Effects of Overindulgence — In this article, Jean Illsley Clarke discusses the concept of overindulgence, offering five tips on how to recognize it and what to do about it.

Raising Likable, Responsible, Respectful Children in an Age of OverindulgenceDavid Bredehoft, Jean Illsley Clarke, and Connie Dawson — Provides more information on what overindulgence is, research completed on the topic, and resources for parents to use.

This following individuals created this course:

  • Jean Illsley Clarke, author and researcher

  • Lisa Krause, parent educator

  • Kelly Kunkel, Extension educator in health and nutrition

  • Rebecca Hagen Jokela, Extension educator in family resiliency

  • Brianna Routh, Extension educator in family resiliency

  • Ellie M. McCann, Extension educator in family resiliency

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