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* Don't spoil me, I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask for. I am only testing you. * Don't be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it. It makes me feel more secure. * Don't let me form bad habits. I have to rely on you to detect them in the early stages. * Don't make me feel smaller than I am. It only makes me behave stupidly "big." * Don't correct me in front of people if you can avoid it. I'll take much more notice if you talk quietly with me in private. * Don't protect me from consequences. I need to learn the painful way sometimes. * Don't take too much notice of my small ailments. I am quite capable of trading on them. * Don't nag. If you do, I shall have to protect myself by appearing deaf. * Don't make rash promises. Remember that I feel badly let down when promises are broken. * Don't forget that I cannot explain myself as well as I should like. That is why I am not always very accurate. * Don't tax my honesty too much. I am easily frightened into telling lies. * Don't be inconsistent. That completely confuses me and makes me lose faith in you. * Don't put me off when I ask questions. If you do you will find I will stop asking and seek information elsewhere. * Don't tell my fears are silly. They are terribly real, and you can do much to reassure me if you try to understand. And please... * Don't neglect me; I do not want to be a delinquent. -- Author Unknown

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