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My 7-Year-Old Son Said He'd Kick His Sister In The Nuts. Here's Why I Chose To Tell The Truth Then.

The biggest misconception around is that there is some magical age that will denote the "appropriate" time for parents and kids to have "The Talk." Notice the singular noun.Open dialogue doesn't come from one talk. That's not gonna cover everything they need to know! It starts when they're little kids, from the first time they inappropriately but innocently play with their genitals in front of company like "no big deal," and you stay calm and convene with junior in the next room to quietly, rationally explain that touching yourself is perfectly fine, and lots of people like to do it but that it's just something people do when they have privacy in their own room or the bathroom. See? No shame about it, no threats, no scandal. You just arm the kid with facts so they can navigate the world like a boss.It comes from setting the record straight when they're 7 years old and they threaten to kick their sibling in whatever set of genitals the sibling doesn't have. You've given them valuable information so they're not making empty threats against their archnemesis and then being mercilessly mocked.Little by little, by the time they're curious about sex, they'll have learned a lot already about it from YOU, their parent, the person they look to and trust the most to give them the facts. They'll feel comfortable asking you new, trickier questions, and you'll feel more comfortable answering them because you'll have had practice.You can do this! The video below has plenty of great tips.

My 7-Year-Old Son Said He'd Kick His Sister In The Nuts. Here's Why I Chose To Tell The Truth Then.
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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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