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Creating a nation of whiners

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The last thing a kid needs when he gets in a little trouble or doesn't get as much playing time as might seem right is to have his parents turn into his free defense lawyers. 

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"My kid would never do that," seems to have replaced "Well, you'd better go take your lumps" in the parental phrase book, even on the smallest matters.

The two phrases are worlds apart. The first develops life-long whiners. The second may create actual adults. 

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