In general, researchers have found that kids understand the need for some rules, particularly safety rules like not hitting other children. But when it comes to parents dictating what a child should wear or who they should play with, many kids resist. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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President Obama shakes hands at an event at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., last September. An Obama initiative would have provided $12 billion to boost community college funding and increase graduation rates, but it got dropped from the health reconciliation bill. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Shana Berenzweig holds Wills, a friend's son whom she babysits to make extra money while looking for a full-time job. Berenzweig graduated with a master's degree two years ago. Courtesy of Shana Berenzweig hide caption

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