To My Third Grader on World Kindness Day
While we may not always understand why some people are unkind to others or why some people do bad things, what we can understand is that kindness is always the right answer.
The Bully’s Pulpit: A Letter to Gus After an Un-Presidential Debate
As we sat and watched, you turned to me and Mom and said, “Donald Trump is annoying. He won’t let Joe Biden speak.”
To Whiz Among the Weeds
Gus, you don’t seem in the least embarrassed about this predilection for peeing on pines, on pansies, on patches of grass, greenery, or gravel.
The mark of a truly free and intelligent person is the ability to seek out those who disagree with you and to learn from them.
Everything is Breakable
My mind drifted to Indiana Jones and Harry Potter. I wondered if you were a Parselmouth and whether you secretly longed to join Slytherin House.
The Diamond of Glory
One of the hallmarks of your imaginative play, Gus, is that you are fully committed to it. Sometimes, I even have to ask you to come out of character and be Gus for a while.
Am I Raising a Libertarian?
As you've grown up, you seem to have fixated on this idea that freedom will lead to happiness. But what is the relationship between freedom and happiness?
Houston, We’ve Had Emotions
Emotions aren't wrong or bad, Gus. They're just information our brain gives us to help us understand what's going on all around us.
Thirty Seconds of the Real You
For thirty seconds on a Saturday afternoon, you brought your whole-self to bear on a particularly sticky problem. It was a great thing to watch.
How You Came to Understand the Word “Tolerance” (or The Night You Told Your Mom to Shut Up)
We don’t hug people that we tolerate. We don’t laugh with them either. We just sit in judgment of them, thinking ourselves better or superior or more important.