Three Year Old Economist

January 14, 2013 By: erik Category: Offspring

Europe, home of Leonardo and Michelangelo, uses stick figures for coin artToday is a Monday, and my three year old daughter told me, “I don’t like the days when I have to go to school and you and Mommy have to go to work.” Yeah, me neither, sister! Socratically, I inquired, “If we don’t go to work, where will we get the money to buy things?” She responded, “From your purse or cartera.” “And when my wallet is empty?” I pushed on… “From the store,” she answered, unphased.
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False Dichotomy Parenting

May 26, 2011 By: erik Category: Geeky, Offspring, Parenting

Dichotomy LogoA false dichotomy is a fallacious rhetorical device that provides an either/or choice in an attempt to force the listener to choose between the two options. The fallacy comes from the fact that the list of options are not really exhaustive, but limited in the speaker’s favor. The standard example is “You’re either with us or you’re against us.” A critical thinker will stop the speaker upon hearing a false dichotomy and say, “Wait a minute! Those aren’t the only two options!” But it works like a charm on a toddler.
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