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There once was a show called Alias, and it was great. Created by J.J. Abrams, it starred Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a double-agent for the Central Intelligence Agency posing as an operative for SD-6, a worldwide criminal and espionage organization. Then halfway through the second season, the series changes significantly. Some describe it as a reboot. I don’t want to spoil…

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As an elementary school teacher for the last 17 years, I have learned many ways to annoy a child. Here are just a few:    If asked, declare that you have no favorite number. If asked, declare that you have no favorite color. Refuse to divulge your own middle name. Ask a child how many fingers he…

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Someone recently told me that “If you’re going to have a difficult life, it might as well be childhood, since it’s so short.” I disagree. It’s the percentage of life that is difficult that matters most, and a difficult childhood skews that percentage for a long, long time.  If you have a difficult childhood, that means that…

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For almost a year, my six year-old daughter, Clara, has been saving her allowance and birthday money for a dollhouse that she saw at Barnes & Noble one day.  Clara receives $1 per week (plus additional quarters for the completion of additional chores), of which she divides amongst her long term, short term, and charity jars.…

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As a teacher, it’s not often that I say that I hate a kid. In fact, I can’t remember a time in my adult life when I really despised a young person. I don’t know this kid personally, but from everything I can see, I hate hate hate him. 

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I will never understand why adults count half-years when accounting for time. Yesterday I heard a person asked how long he was at a company. His response: “Eight and a half years.” Eight and a half? You’re not a toddler, dude. No one over the age of ten counts half years. No one even keeps…

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A parental suggestion courtesy of my wife: Yesterday, with about half of our summer behind us, Elysha asked our six year-old daughter to create a bucket list of summertime activities that she still wanted to do.  The list is great, and best of all, it’s entirely doable. Backyard picnics. Sleepovers. Trips to playgrounds and beaches.…

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