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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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I DON’T NEED YOUR RULES!

When I Was Growing Up My Parents Didn’t Have Rules or Didn’t Make Me Follow Them

WE TRIED SO HARD TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR OUR KIDS THAT WE MADE THEM WORSE.

—Paul Harvey

“WE DONT NEED TO HAVE RULES IN OUR FAMILY,” one parent explained. “All we need are guidelines. Rules are mean, and we are nice.” Dream on! Rules and their enforcement need not be harsh, hostile, or terrorizing. It is the absence of rules and too much nice that are more likely to produce terror. Of course, rules must be wisely crafted and fairly and firmly enforced. Rules provide boundaries, the edges that mark what is safe and unsafe, acceptable and ...

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