Kids are Hard #29: Kids Are Narcissists

Is your child turning into a diva? (photo:, Getty images)

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We are sticking with our resolution to get out 2 podcasts per month. So far, so good! Far better than our resolution to eat healthy and exercise!

We thought this week’s topic would hit a nerve with many parents out there – Kids are Narcissists. I’m pretty sure there is not a parent on the planet who can’t think of at least one time their child was a total self-centered narcissist. When your kids are young, it’s really cute how they are in love with themselves and think they are great. To hear my 4 year old say “I am the best at playing trains” is really cute. To hear a 15 year old say “I am the best baseball player on this field” would make any parent cringe. How do you walk the line between helping your child be confident while not making them totally arrogant? We have already witnessed a few 7 and 8 year olds with that “Alpha” mentality and we can draw lines to traits in their parents, but how can you be sure that you aren’t going to turn your child into an ego-maniac while you’re working hard to build their confidence?

Here is an interesting article about the rise in narcissism as it relates to social media:

It is really interesting to read through this and realize that there are things you can do as a parent to try to praise your child, and they can actually be detrimental.

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We posted this on our page yesterday, and wanted to chat about it today. What an interesting concept – you can actually now print out candy at home on a 3D printer. It’s hard to decide if that’s a great idea, or a really scary concept! Would you ever allow your kid to eat something you printed at home?

– For the record, Chad has no issues with 3D printing!! He can’t wait to have such a printer in the house, actually.


By the way, if you are a baseball fan, specifically a San Francisco Giants fan, you can follow me (Chad) on my other podcast about the Giants, called “TortureCast.” In fact, tomorrow my co-hosts and I are traveling up to AT&T Park to interview many of the players, one on one, including Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Brandon Belt, Sergio Romo, Bruce Bochy, Tim Hudson and many others. You can follow us on Twitter @TortureCast.

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And remember everyone, Always kiss your children goodnight – even if they’re already asleep.

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