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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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WHAT IS STRUCTURE?

All the Ways We Keep Kids Safe

ON AVERAGE, CHILDREN WANT TEN TIMES MORE ATTENTION, TOYS, FREEDOM, AND SO ON THAN THEY ACTUALLY NEED. ABOUT THE ONLY THINGS TODAY’S CHILD NEEDS MORE OF THAN HE OR SHE WANTS ARE CHORES AND CONSEQUENCES.1

—John Rosemond

SOFT STRUCTURE

Our overindulgence studies revealed startling evidence that soft structure shortchanges children.2 When kids do not have to do chores, learn skills, meet standards, and follow rules, they miss important life lessons. Add to this parents who are too permissive, give ...

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