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Lies, laughs, and a spot on your tongue

May 10, 2012 My mother, upon hearing an outrageous lie from a small child, would say, "Let me see your tongue." Small child would do so, and my mother would laugh and say, "I thought so! Whenever you tell me a big story, there's a big, black spot on your tongue!" The child would run to the mirror and say, "No there isn't!" And my mother would laugh again and say, "Well, that's because when you're telling a big story, you can't see the spot on your tongue. Only I can see it." Which, of course, was a more outrageous lie than the one told by the small child, and the small child knew it -- but by now, both of them were laughing. Continue Reading…

About allowances…

April 13, 2011 Sometime in your child’s early years you may get tired of handing out loose change or dollar bills or enduring repeated pleas for whatever he or she really, really, really wants to have.  (“No, really -- I need it.”) Or maybe you've just decided that it’s time to teach your child the value of money. And so -- a few thoughts about allowances. Continue Reading…
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