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Old 01-23-2010, 12:29 AM
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Don't have any kids, but I'd still opine that the best education about the world that you can give your two girls is to talk with them, openly and honestly. Answer their questions. Give them stories from your own life that somehow relate to their lives. Let them see themselves both in their small, individual worlds and in the bigger picture of life. Take them everywhere you can; read to them fairy tales, Aesop's fables, James Thurber's fables; teach them about the Humanities -- music, history, art, philosophy, literature. Share with them scientific things that astonish you. In between teach them that being fair, noble and non-judgmental are the ideal but not always practicable; that human motivation is based on understanding that actions, words and omissions have consequences, so not necessarily on what feels good. Most of all, teach them to love learning and to be curious, to try and try again, when to be kind, loving and forgiving and when not to be, and to stand up for themselves and others.
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