Brandon, Stephanie and Rebecca

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Rebecca knows that she spoils her kids. As a divorced mother of two who works a full-time job, she cannot spend as much time with her son and daughter as she would like. "A lot of times I feel like I am mom and dad to both of my children," she says.

Because she feels guilty about not spending enough time with them, Rebecca says she tends to "overcompensate when they ask me for things...so I overindulge."

Rebecca's children have developed certain techniques to get the things they want. Her 5-year-old son, Brandon, uses "sad eyes." Her daughter, Stephanie, uses peer pressure. "If I really want to get something from my mom," Stephanie says, "I'll come home and I'll be like, 'Mom, all my friends have [it].'"

Rebecca says her inability to deny her children's every want is getting out of control. "I want to say no, but it comes out yes," she says.
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Published on October 06, 2006

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