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Rabbi Shmuley says Kelly is doing a disservice to her daughter by spoiling her with material possessions. "You're giving your daughter not a sense of being but a sense of having," Rabbi Shmuley says. "If she doesn't have, she's not happy. You're going to open a cavernous space that needs to be filled always with things instead of love."

Kelly says she doesn't get to spend as much time with her daughter as she would like to and tries to make up for working full time by buying her things. "It makes me feel less guilty of leaving her every day," she says.

Rabbi Shmuley says Kelly needs to stop parenting out of guilt. "You're a beautiful mom and you love your daughter," he tells her. "Give her the gift of yourself."
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Published on June 26, 2006

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