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Unformatted text preview: did wrong. What she didn't realize is that giving kids too much freedom can have its consequences. By the end of the personal essay, when the author's daughter came home from school a half an hour late one day, the author found her turning point and realized that maybe kids do need discipline sometimes. I had to take a deep breath and remember that maybe I had neglected to teach her to call home if she was going to be late, because I had never needed to. She is shuttled from school to play date to soccer to chess, and only in the summer does she control her own time and whereabouts at all. Do I punish her for savoring liberty the first time she ever tasted it? So we had a long talk while sitting under a tree before I grounded her for a day....
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