I don't see where the Romney kids were coddled. It looks to me like Ann Romney [along with her husband Mitt] were great parents.
I also think teaching your children a work ethic is a good thing. My dad would have the side yard plowed every year and then plot it out for the seven children to each have a plot of land to grow "something" in. He would hand us the money to go buy a packet of seeds and we had a choice what to plant. We had to weed, water, tend, and harvest. We also had to feed the chickens and gather the eggs before we walked the two miles to school each day. I had great parents and until my father died I had a stay-at-home mom that had her own plot of land to tend. She also put up preserves [we didn't have a freezer], made jams, took us berry picking and expected us to be honor students and respectful of our elders.
He owned a dairy farm. Milked about 300 head twice a day. Had about 400 acres which he rotated between corn, alfalfa, and cotton. Had 11 children, no twins. Had to go there every summer, in the Sonoran desert 100+ degrees, for a "vacation". He use to come in the boys room about 4am and turn the light on, if you didn't get up you got rousted up. Every single person in the house had chores to do, everyday. They only had 1 employee, Other than that the entire multi-million dollar operation was ran by my uncle and the kids. Serious chores, everyday. He ran it like clock work. The kids weren't a full time job, they pitched in to help the family. I guess my point is that I was taught a very different work ethic than the Romney trust fund kids where mommy coddles you.
No matter how people try, a 'one-size-fits-all' does not work in raising kids. Most families do their best with what they have, and what they know. There is nothing wrong with instilling good work values in your kids, nor is there anything wrong with adoring them and wanting to provide a comfortable lifestyle for them. I haven't seen any evidence that the 'Romney way' has been detrimental to their kids, no matter how foreign that might seem to some people.
Mitt found a way to game the system and milk it for everything it's worth and then rather than installng any kind of work ethic in the boys he had Anne stay home to coddle to their every need.
So, the boys just lounge around playing video games all day?