Atlanta kids among most spoiled

10:52 AM, Jun 8, 2012   |    comments
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(AP File)

ATLANTA -- Atlanta has made its way onto another infamous list. The city is ranked in the top 10 for the most spoiled kids in the nation.

The rankings were based on money spent on children, from toys to education to clothing.

"I think you need to see if there are times your kids feel disappointment and that is part of life," says child psychologist Dr. Judy Wolman.

If you can't remember the last time your child was disappointed or the last time you said no, you may have contributed to Atlanta's 7th ranking. Wanting to give your child everything is a nice gesture, one you should not follow through on. Dr. Wolman says if you're the parent who buys your child a toy when it's their siblings birthday, or when they have to take one to a party, that's spoiling. If you make them a separate dinner because they don't like what you made, that's also spoiling. Wolman says the long term consequences can be significant.

"I've got parents now coming in with children who are in their 20's and 30's who are not launching, because so much has been done for them that they don't know how to go out there," she said.

So, get in touch with your inner 'no' - and here's one good idea for how to get your spoiled child off the 'yes' train.

Wolman says, "I actually tell parents to put kids on an allowance system beginning in middle school, where they have to really pay for clothing choices and going out with friends, so they learn what it feels like to run out."

New York took the top spot. Los Angeles ranked 8th.

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