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#parentingadvice Parents: Which lies do you tell yourself because you're afraid?

Parents: Which lies do you tell your children because you’re terrified of the truth? (2)

June 12, 2013 • favorites, parenting

Alfalfa from The Little Rascals remains one of my favorite film heroes. There is something which touches me about his constancy. Who would Alfalfa be if he did not consistently try to woo Darla? Who would Darla be if she was not constantly in play between Butch, Waldo, and occasionally Alfalfa? (These days, she might… Read More ›

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Home economics classes should teach students how pubic hair multiplies on a bathroom floor (13)

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I am the only girl from my year to have graduated from my all-girls Catholic high school without taking Home Economics. I literally refused. My principal at the time – a woman I still adore: Sister Joan tried to talk me down off the ledge. Why didn’t I want to learn to maybe cook something?… Read More ›

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Parents: Which lies do you tell your children because you’re terrified of the truth? (2)

#parentingadvice Parents: Which lies do you tell yourself because you're afraid?

Alfalfa from The Little Rascals remains one of my favorite film heroes. There is something which touches me about his constancy. Who would Alfalfa be if he did not consistently try to woo Darla? Who would Darla be if she was not constantly in play between Butch, Waldo, and occasionally Alfalfa? (These days, she might… Read More ›

politics & government »

How Much Does Your Child’s Teacher Get Paid? (9)

Have you ever wondered how much your kid’s teacher makes? Or how about the governor or other state employees? Ohio Treasurer, Josh Mandel – just created a website aimed at public transparency (love love love) including 2011 salaries (and earlier) for all state workers and wages for other public workers. That’s right – you can… Read More ›

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