Thanks to my year-old son, Sam — the parenting guinea pig at our house — my husband and I know how to shut down a heart-to-heart chat in seconds flat. All we have to say is, "Take out your earbuds, please; we need to talk" to immediately inspire Sam to a sigh, b roll his eyes, c scowl, or d do all of the above. This reaction doesn't always bother me: When it comes to discussions about Sam's grass-mowing duties, for instance, I don't mind a certain amount of grousing. But there are other conversations that I desperately want to go well, because I know his health, his safety, and his very future are on the line.
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The other night I walked into the kitchen, where my year-old daughter was hunched over her geometry book. Mathilda looked up, rolled her eyes, and in a voice dripping with sarcasm said, "No, Mom, I just love reading about tessellations in my spare time — what do you think? Case closed.