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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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LOOK AT ME!

When I Was Growing Up My Parents Gave Me Too Much Attention

NO MATTER HOW WELL INTENTIONED A PARENT IS, TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING IS NOT A GOOD THING.

—Kaye Centers

SO WHAT IS ENOUGH ATTENTION?

It’s enough to feel secure in the care of someone else, to feel supported but not patronized. Enough to feel encouraged to reach out to try things for oneself. Enough to feel recognized and to build connections. Strong connections with others are a healthy and sustaining part of life.

What is too much attention? Attention that robs a child of initiative. Attention that allows the child to believe he or she is the center of the universe. Attention ...

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