- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 12, 2000

Books

• "Spoiling Childhood: How Well-Meaning Parents Are Giving Children Too Much But Not What They Need," by Diane Ehrensaft, Guilford Publications, 1997. Ms. Ehrensaft, a psychologist, discusses the trap of overindulgence and gives practical advice for avoiding its clutches.

• "Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith: Children's Myths in Contemporary America," by Cindy Dell Clark, University of Chicago Press, 1995. In this book, the author explains the perceptions behind traditions, customs and holidays. Her section on Christmas is particularly interesting.

• "Raising a Responsible Child: How Parents Can Avoid Indulging Too Much and Rescuing Too Often," by Elizabeth M. Ellis, Citadel Press, 1996. Many parents have difficulty setting limits with their children, and this psychologist describes how to get control and keep it.

On line

• The Web site of Toy Manufacturers of America Inc. (www.toy-tma.org/index.html) enlightens and entertains with facts and figures about the toy industry. It includes a section for parents that has material on toy safety, advertising and product information.

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