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Parenting with a Story by Paul Smith

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Integrity

Being honest may not get you a lot of friends. But it will always get you the right ones.

—JOHN LENNON

Natalia Zinser learned the painful consequences of not telling the truth at the tender age of three. But it wasn’t the sting of her father’s hand when she was caught that hurt. In fact, she never got caught at all. It turns out that cost her far more dearly than if she had.

Natalia was born and raised in a suburb of Moscow, Russia. Both her parents worked. So during the summer months when she was out of school, Natalia spent her days at her grandparents’ house. I’m not sure why young children are so fascinated with putting foreign objects in their nose. But they are. It seems to be a hobby for kids the world over. And three-year-old ...

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