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Mother to Mother: To Tip or Not to Tip?

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I sent my son to pick up a take-out order from Carrabba’s. The order total before discounts was $56 and he added a $10 tip. When I questioned him about it (in a very loud voice), he said it was customary to tip the take-out person 20%. Sure, I thought, customary when it’s my money that’s doing the tipping. But I began to wonder if he was right; maybe there was some standard for tipping that I didn’t know about and maybe I had inadvertently cheated dozens of restaurant workers out of their wages. Maybe…. More

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Teaching Children About Sexual Harassment and Assault

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I remember the day my son learned about sexual assault very clearly.

He was four years old. We had taken him to his regular annual doctors appointment. While we were there the doctor asked him if she could check his privates parts. Then she asked me if she could check them. She then went on to explain that she was asking his permission and my permission and since we had said okay, that’s the only reason she was looking…. More

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The Empty Seat (A Story of Acceptance)

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It’s dinnertime, and my daughter Zoey and I go about our nightly routine.

Zoey sits at the kitchen table and studies this week’s spelling words as I finish getting our meal ready. It’s fresh fruit and veggies and homemade mac and cheese. When I finally place our dinner on the kitchen table, Zoey’s face lights up — it’s one of her favorites. She moves her pencil and paper out of the way and pulls her bowl closer…. More

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