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Are we bringing up a generation of spoilt brats?

Published tisdag 17 september 2013 kl 14.34
"The problem is not the children, it's the parents"
5:17 min
Psychiatrist and writer David Eberhard. Photo: TT

We have come a long way from the days of "children should be seen and not heard". But have we gone too far the other way?

In his new book "Hur barnen tog makten", writer, debater and psychiatrist , David Eberhard, writes that in modern Swedish households, children get to decide too much at home - what to eat, what to watch and where to go on holiday. 

"They decide what we are eating, when they go bed, what clothes they are wearing and we follow them everywhere. Everyday life is based on the children. They are not adapting to the adults, the parents are adapting to the children," David Eberhard, who has six children, tells Radio Sweden.

He believes children have become spoilt and do not know how to behave in public. It is not their fault, it is the parents.

"It comes a bit from Freud and his followers,that everything you do and everything you say as a parent will influence the children for life and we do not have that kind of evidence but it is in our culture," he says.

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