Why A Lot of Children Stop Believing In Santa Claus

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According to most surveys on the subject (e.g., Woolley et. al., 2011; Prentice et. al, 1978, etc.), about 85% of 5-year-old children believe that Santa Claus is real.

Researchers find that children typically begin to believe in Santa Claus when they’re 3 or 4 years old. And that this belief stays fairly strong until they are 8 years old,  » Read more

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Ask Page: I Thought Confidence Was Supposed To Be Attractive, Why Is It Turning Me Off?

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My partner recently lost a lot of weight. He’s been trying for years, and I’m genuinely happy for him. He looks great. Problem is that he KNOWS it. I’m all for self-confidence, but he’s downright cocky. Rude. It’s gotten to the point that friends of ours have started to comment on how much he’s changed…  » Read more

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The Curse of Self-Protection: “Don’t Make That Face, It’s Gonna Freeze That Way.”

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It’s not easy being a kid. Kids have all the emotions that adults have, but they’re yet to figure out coping skills. Especially the little ones.

They act on their emotions rather than dealing with them. Excessive stress leads to behavioral problems.

However, in some ways, I admire their lack of emotional regulation.  » Read more

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What I Learned from Watching Masterchef Junior

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On its face, Masterchef Junior is a lot like other reality TV cooking competitions. Cooks are pitted against each other week to week as they face various wildly improbable challenges. Something like cooking for the client from Hell, armed only with canned mushrooms.

Making pasta from scratch within a ridiculous time limit.

That kind of thing.  » Read more

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PQ 5.5 — How much do I value personal autonomy, transparency, cohabitation, having and raising children, shared finances, community, tradition, the opinions of my friends and family, adhering to social norms?

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PQ 5.5 — How much do I value personal autonomy, transparency, cohabitation, having and raising children, shared finances, community, tradition, the opinions of my friends and family, adhering to social norms?

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Wow. Okay. This is roughly 9 questions. I have a lot of answering to do. No time to waste. Here we go!  » Read more

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Encounter

“You’ve never heard that before?” I’m asked by an almost 11-year-old boy waiting for his father to make baseball helmet decals at the fab lab. The boy is making Donald Duck noises as the adults discuss navy deployment strategies.

I pause. “I have the ability to be continually surprised and delighted by things I’ve seen and heard many times.”  » Read more

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Child-Free

I’d rather not have children. Ever.

 

I actually like children well enough and would love to do some mentoring or teaching, but parenting’s not my dream, and it’s so pervasive in a person’s life that if it’s not my dream, I think I’ll pass because it would only end in my misery and emotional martyrdom.  » Read more

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