The Book: Monster Alert!

After Dan Kindlon co-wrote the 1999 best seller about modern boys, Raising Cain, he suddenly had what so many others suddenly had in the 1990s: bucks. But Kindlon, 48, a Harvard child-psychology professor and family therapist, also had two children--and his clinical concerns about kids got personal. "My kids would do something bratty, like scream about a topping on their pizza," he says, "and I'd worry, 'Am I creating monsters?'"

He says he knows he isn't. Still, researching his new book, Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age (Talk Miramax Books), led to a...

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