Overindulgence: How Much is Too Much?

Overindulgence is an issue many people face in our society as the research and subsequent literature has shown us. While society tells us we need more on a regular basis, parents and children alike are struggling to understand how much is enough and adults who were given too much as children often feel the effects.

Please join Jean Illsley Clarke, author of "How Much is Enough?  Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children In An Age of Overindulgence", and team of University of Minnesota Extension Educators, as we explore the following:

  • What is overindulgence?
  • Three Ways to overindulge
  • Test of Four
  • Ways to reduce overindulgence
  • Online course offerings


Jean Illsley Clarke is the author of How Much Is Too Much? and lead author of the University of Minnesota Extensions on-line How Much Is Too Much? Parenting Program. Her degree includes a BS in Education and Home Economics, University of Minnesota and an MS in Human Development from St. Mary's University, plus three honorary Doctorates. She is a Certified Family Educator a member of the Overindulgence Research Team and the authors of many books on parenting and family life.

 Becky Hagen Jokela is a Regional Extension Educator and Professor in Family Resource Management, University of Minnesota Extension, Cloquet Regional Office, Cloquet, MN.  Her degrees include a B.S. and M.S. Degree in Family and Consumer Science Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin.  In addition, Becky completed an accreditation with the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, and is an Accredited Financial Counselor;  holds a Family Life Certification and teaching license in Family and Consumer Science plus a Reading Certification.

 Kelly Kunkel has worked for the University of Minnesota Extension since 1994. Much of her work is dedicated to obesity prevention for low income and youth audiences, including programming in food marketing to youth, overindulgence, and school food service training. Kelly has a master's degree in Community Health and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).

Ellie McCann has been a statewide Family Resiliency Extension educator since September 2003. She serves the entire state of Minnesota from her current office in Andover. Ellie was previously located in in Moorhead for 12 years. Ellie's work focuses on improving the quality of families’ lives through times of transition. Ellie has developed and taught numerous classes, trainings, and curricula to professionals and parents, including the Parents Forever™ divorce education program and Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence, an online course. Prior to her work with Extension, Ellie worked with children and families in both community agencies and university settings. Ellie earned a master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Areas of focus: divorce education, coparenting, families in times of transition, resilience.

Lisa Krause is a parenting coach and adjunct professor in Family Science at Concordia University, St. Paul, MN.  She enjoys finding creative ways to bring family life education to today’s busy parents using technology and other innovative formats.  In addition to her role as an adjunct professor Lisa, teaches co-parenting and trauma informed parenting classes, she is a trainer in attachment and trauma informed care. She also partners with the University of MN Extension in developing on-line parenting classes on overindulgence.Lisa earned her master's degree in Family Science from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN.

Created by Laura Hendrix

Primary Audience: Extension Professionals