We're dealing with a fresh rash of hyper-consumer kids who buy, buy, buy, and won't take no, no, no for an answer. A national survey of youth commissioned by the Center for a New American Dream found that the average American kid aged twelve to seventeen who asks his or her parents for products that have been advertised will ask nine times until their parents finally give in. For parents of "tweens," the problem is particularly severe: more than 10 percent of twelve to thirteen year olds admit to asking their parents more than fifty times for products they've seen advertised. The key trend here is clear: our kids don't give up until we give in. So don't give in: saying no and meaning it is one of the best ways to ensure that your kid kicks his ungrateful attitude.
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