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“I believe in being a benevolent dictator,” said Dr. Ruth A. Peters, a Florida adolescent psychiatrist, contributing editor to “Child Magazine” and author of the book Who’s in Charge? “There are many more brats now than ever before, and I have a simple rule: Thou shalt not reason with the unreasonable. And for the most part, children are unreasonable. You have to set rules and stick to them. And you have to start doing this the first year of life.” By Dr. Ruth A. Peters, as quoted by the Chicago Tribune, September 29, 1990, “Brat on Board,”

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