And now for something completely different!
When my daughter Chavi Kaufman was in Pre-K she came home and told me that a "first grader boy" told her to show him her underpants on the playground so she did.
"Why did you do that?" I asked, explaining once again that underpants (and other things) are private and not to be shown even to people who ask unless they are a parent or a doctor.
"...but he DARED me, so I had to!" she replied.
That led to good conversations about dares, and how dares are just a way for someone to try and pressure you to do what they want you to do by making you feel bad for denying them.
All that good parenting aside, however, sometime I myself can't resist a little baiting especially when it's as funny as this email I received last night:
Are you very smart? why do people ask u? i challage you to respond
Dear AAA BBB,
Ooooh a "challage!"
Is that some kind of arts and crafts made of leftover bread?
I don't know if I'm very smart - smart enough I guess.
Why do people ask me? It's a good question maybe because my blog is a good place for practical no- nonsense advice from both me and my crack staff of commentors. Plus it's a free service so what does anyone have to lose by sending in questions?
To you, AAA BBB, my advice is:
1) get a new email address and screen name, they are both ridiculous, lazy, and hard to remember I bet!
2) Stay in school, you clearly have a long way to go.
Questions? Comments? Challages?
Send 'em along to shifraQ at gmail dot com