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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.

This article originally appeared on November 11, 2015


Remember those beloved Richard Scarry books from when you were a kid?

Like a lot of people, I grew up reading them. And now, I read them to my kids.

The best!

If that doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this character from the "Busytown" series will. Classic!

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Scarry was an incredibly prolific children's author and illustrator. He created over 250 books during his career. His books were loved across the world — over 100 million were sold in many languages.

But here's something you may not have known about these classics: They've been slowly changing over the years.

Don't panic! They've been changing in a good way.

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The Sam Vimes "Boots" Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness explains one way the rich get richer.

Any time conversations about wealth and poverty come up, people inevitably start talking about boots.

The standard phrase that comes up is "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," which is usually shorthand for "work harder and don't ask for or expect help." (The fact that the phrase was originally used sarcastically because pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps is literally, physically impossible is rarely acknowledged, but c'est la vie.) The idea that people who build wealth do so because they individually work harder than poor people is baked into the American consciousness and wrapped up in the ideal of the American dream.

A different take on boots and building wealth, however, paints a more accurate picture of what it takes to get out of poverty.

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"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) and actor Peter Dinklage.

On Tuesday, Upworthy reported that actor Peter Dinklage was unhappy with Disney’s decision to move forward with a live-action version of “Snow White and the Seven Drawfs” starring Rachel Zegler.

Dinklage praised Disney’s inclusive casting of the “West Side Story” actress, whose mother is of Colombian descent, but pointed out that, at the same time, the company was making a film that promotes damaging stereotypes about people with dwarfism.

"There's a lot of hypocrisy going on, I've gotta say, from being somebody who's a little bit unique," Dinklage told Marc Maron on his “WTF” podcast.

"Well, you know, it's really progressive to cast a—literally no offense to anybody, but I was a little taken aback by, they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White," Dinklage said, "but you're still telling the story of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' Take a step back and look at what you're doing there.”

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