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Dayton socializes for a living and writes for fun, all while caring for her ten year old uncle. Her rarely relevant degree gives her experience in political science, writing, Spanish, rugby, theater, coding, and spreading herself too thin. She will forever be a prisoner of her family’s business, doomed to inherit responsibility despite frequent existential protests.

For whatever reason, a dog or a cat isn’t enough for your kids.  They want something special: a boa constrictor, a wolf, a shark.  Reality is not a factor for their imaginations.  While you might have a difficult time obtaining their dream pet, there are other nontraditional pets that they’ll love.  There is a wide middle ground between dog and chimpanzee.
School is starting up again.  And along with it, alarm clocks are ringing, forcing kids who slept in all summer to rise before the sun.  Maybe you’re lucky enough that your kid doesn’t need help getting ready in the morning, or perhaps you’re already at the office by the time that they are hauling themselves out of bed.  On the other hand, if your kid is younger or just is not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination, you might be rubbing your eyes beside them.  
college prep stress
I have recently discovered that college preparation begins in the sixth grade.  As a caregiver of a sixth grader, this was news to me. I thought sixth grade was about learning how to go from classroom to classroom on a schedule and how to get out of bed before seven. Turns out it’s about prepping for the PSAT and determining what AP classes you’ll take in three years. 
how to talk to kids after school
It’s a scene we all know well.  Sometimes it happens during the car ride home from school, others the kitchen while you prepare a meal, but the script is always the same.  You: Hey, how was school today? Kid: Fine. You: Well, what did you learn? Kid: Nothing. You: Really, you learnt nothing all day?  Kid:  Not really.
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