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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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DO AS YOU LIKE

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

HE THAT CANNOT OBEY CANNOT COMMAND.

—Proverb

YOU OFTEN HEAR KIDS COMPLAIN that their parents don’t give them enough freedom, so it’s particularly interesting that, as adults, those who were overindulged said that they resent that they were given too much freedom as children. What could they mean? What is too much freedom?

What is freedom? Try these modifiers on for size:

         Having the power of self-determination

         Emancipation

         Liberty

         Lack of restriction

These conditions are not all bad . . . when you’re an adult. Even in adulthood, however, ...

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