Believes parents should prohibit kids from dating until they
Allowing all words into our speech has, ironically, underlined how the words we use affect other people.
Take the word “stupid.” I’d argue that it’s easier to wound someone with “stupid” than with “shit.” It’s not banned in my house, but I’ve become highly sensitized to the ways in which it is deployed.
Often they thoughtlessly inflict that frustration on each other in countless infuriating ways.
But the best intervention I can offer is to be neither the Word Police (simplistic) nor the Thought Police (fascistic), but what I’ve come to think of as the Thoughtfulness Police.
If you’re not thinking nice thoughts, you’re thinking wrong thoughts.
There was the one about the kids each getting one hour of screen time per weekend day.
To be honest, I wouldn’t so much call what I was doing packing as frantically running around our apartment throwing clothes in a bag, knowing that if I wasn’t in a taxi in the next five minutes, I was going to miss my flight and set off a cascade of terrible outcomes.