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Parenting with a Story by Paul Smith

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TWO

Open-Mindedness

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

—GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

There’s only one person in the world whose opinion is always right. And it’s me.

Well, to me, it’s me. To you, it’s you. And to teenagers, well, we know they’re always right. To each of us, we are the only person in the world who agrees with us 100 percent of the time. That doesn’t mean our opinions can’t change. They do. But it usually takes a lot of evidence (sometimes more than it should). And the very second that compelling information registers in our brain, we change our opinion to fit our new understanding. And then, presto, our opinion is once again 100 percent correct, thus restoring balance and harmony to our self-centered universe. ...

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