You know that you’ve exposed your children to too much social media when your six year old produces an infographic explaining the relative measure of her happiness to her access to popsicles.

The correlation co-efficient here hasn’t been deconstructed, but my guess – based on the images used – is that the correlation coefficient of the popsicle to her happiness (indicated by ‘H’, and happy face, lower left corner) corresponds roughly to the correlation co-efficient of sunshine to happiness. Which means that we can hypothesize an almost perfect – say, +0.9? – positive correlation coefficient between her happiness and popsicles. The tears, of course, suggest an almost perfect negative correlation coefficient between her unhappiness (indicated by ‘S’, and sad face, upper right corner) and the absence of popsicles. So.

In other news this week: my mother responds to my feminist hand-wringing (and makes me cry). Also, I make a ‘The Next Three Minutes’ list, to run alongside my Life List, which is kind of sad, but also necessary.


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In Defense Of The Selfish Parent

March 22, 2011

“Parenting is the most selfless institution in the world.” The words jumped out at me from the screen. Most selfless? In the world? I sipped my coffee and considered the ethical calculation that would rank me as more selfless than, say, Mother Teresa. Maybe, I thought. I can see that. Mother Teresa, after all, never [...]

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