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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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THE LITTLE PRINCES AND PRINCESSES

When I Was Growing Up I Was Allowed Lots of Privileges

“I AM THE PRINCE,”

THE SMALL BOY SAID

AND STAMPED HIS FOOT

AND SHOOK HIS HEAD

AND WOULD NOT, WOULD NOT GO TO BED.

—Anonymous

PRIVILEGES ARE ENIGMATIC. A privilege is the right to do something. If children grow up with too many privileges that they have not earned or that carry no obligations, they can grow up to be a pain in the neck. Without invitation or permission some of them have been known to:

         Walk in any door

         Interrupt a meeting

         Borrow anything

         Change the channel

         Ask a stranger a personal question ...

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