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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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THE STRUCTURE HIGHWAY

The Other Half of the Roadway of Parenting—Six Ways of Structuring Children, Two That Are Helpful

YOU CAN’T CHANGE THE WAY A CAR STEERS BY GIVING IT A NEW COAT OF PAINT.

—M.C.K.

ANY ROAD IS DESIGNED to take a car and driver safely from here to there. “There,” for the parenting road, should lead children into their own fullness. This is when they realize their own competence, confidence, skillfulness, and admirability. That is our intention.

The “here” from which we begin the journey is not always a solid starting place. It can be spongy or brittle or only half-there. Nonetheless, if it’s what we have to launch us on the ...

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