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Parenting with a Story by Paul Smith

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Introduction

The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in.

—HOWARD GODDARD

Perhaps the most memorable lesson I ever learned about becoming an adult occurred at the most unexpected place and time: in a crowded restaurant on Secretary’s Day, April 1986. Still a teenager and a freshman in college, I had a part-time job at a local furniture manufacturing company. My father was an executive there, and he helped me get a job as a file clerk in the personnel office. I discovered that each year on that day, all the bosses took their administrators and clerical staff out to lunch. That meant a free lunch for me.

To make it easy, the company reserved every seat in a local ...

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