Saturday, March 27, 2010

There's rules, and then there's rules

A researcher says kids distinguish between general moral rules (you shouldn't hit; you shouldn't steal) and specific-to-the-kid rules (you can't wear that outside; you can't play with Kevin anymore; you can't watch that program), and between 4 and 7 they increasingly feel bad about breaking moral rules but not personal rules. Sounds right to me. General rules are fine, but don't impede my personal freedom.

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