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If you watch Fox News for even 20 minutes, you would be convinced that “critical race theory” is the newest form of indoctrination meant to brainwash our kids.

I don’t think anyone who believes this actually knows anyone who’s a teacher. There simply is no such thing as critical race theory being applied to teaching at the K-12 level. Wouldn’t there be an expected protest from conservative teachers if this were the case?

Critical race theory is taught primarily at the law school level and seeks to understand how race issues intersect with the power structures in our country. I…


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I recently experienced something great in my marriage that had me wanting to shout from the rooftops — and the first person I wanted to tell was a male friend of mine.

I’m trying to figure out how to put this delicately but the great experiences in my marriage were in the bedroom. My husband and I reached levels of sexual satisfaction that had previously eluded us for years. It finally happened because my husband and I had some really honest conversations about what wasn’t working between us and then we brainstormed about ways to fix it.

But ironically enough…


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I’m of such an age that several of my high school classmates are becoming grandparents. Some of them already even have more than one grandchild. I always congratulate them when I see their posts on Facebook and am genuinely happy for them. But I don’t think it’s likely that I’ll be joining them anytime soon.

Having grandchildren has never been one of my big life goals. I raised my kids the best way I knew how. One of my most important childraising philosophies included instilling in them the strong belief that every life matters equally. …


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Moms and dads, if you’re in the thick of parenting little ones, it probably seems like it will never end. It certainly felt that way for me. But as Gretchen Rubin wrote, “The days are long, but the years are short.” I can say that you really have no idea how true this is (though I feel like even writing about this subject risks that I’ll cross over into Erma Bombeck territory, if anyone remembers her.)

I had three children in five years, which was extremely rough for a good number of years. …


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I’m the product of education for the gifted and talented. Two of my three kids are, too. And despite the fact that I understand why gifted education seems like a good idea, it was one of the worst experiences of my life.

I’ve only come to have a stronger opinion on this subject after my own kids’ experience in gifted programs. I think such programs ultimately do more harm than good, especially at the elementary-school level.

I’m hesitant to write about this because many of my classmates from my former elementary school consider it a highlight of their childhood. But…


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After you have your first child, everyone wants to know when you’ll be having another. Having a second child is absolutely expected and most people do it. The most common reason people give is that they don’t want their child to be lonely.

Yet despite how things are in childhood, that’s no guarantee that your kids will grow up to be friends. In fact, in a 2017 story in The Guardian, psychologist Dr. Alexis Johnson said, “On personality scales, adult siblings are no more alike than any two people of that age. …


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Owning a home has always been the hallmark of what defined the American Dream. But as the real estate market continues to just go up at a ridiculous rate and it looks like I’ll soon be priced out entirely, I’ve decided that it’s not my definition of the American Dream anymore. This is more than just pragmatic, though.

It’s true that in most markets, homeownership represents most people’s single biggest source of wealth. I’ve decided that I’d rather invest my money in alternative options instead. I’m not saying that my way is definitely smarter…


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If you look around much online, it seems like there’s an epidemic of narcissism happening. I think the much-maligned “selfie culture” is actually our attempt to prove that we’re still here and we still matter — despite what often feels like all evidence to the contrary.

It looks selfish and self-absorbed and it is, but it’s actually far worse than that. If all of us are just screaming to be noticed, it doesn’t leave us much energy to care about each other.

We’ve become a nation of selfish, self-centered wannabe millionaires, who only look out for ourselves because no one…


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My three kids range in age from 18 to 23 and they all still live at home. The youngest goes away to college this fall but the others don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.

I’ll be honest: this is not what I expected it would be like to have young adults. But it’s not what they expected, either. I prepared them well to be on their own and they want to test their wings, but the economy has clipped those wings.

For the most part, I’m okay with them still living at home, just because I know…


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I’ve noticed something lately in the freelance writing groups and self-employment groups I follow: this belief that the only thing that separates us from earning a million dollars or more is how hard we’re willing to hustle for it.

I say that’s bullshit.

It’s the same as it’s ever been. A lucky few find ways to turn a business into a multi-million-dollar enterprise. The surer way to amass a million-dollar fortune is to choose a stable, in-demand career (though what’s in demand is always shifting), manage your money very well, and be lucky enough to avoid major misfortune.

The rest…

Holly Case

Holly Case is a writer living in Texas. She's obsessed with making the world a kinder place and always fights for the underdog.

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