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Give Away: The Conspiratorial Wink
There is so much injustice that kids have to endure! The next time your godson or niece or neighbor's child or your own offspring so clearly receives the smallest piece of cake or watches his older brother claim to win the game (when he cheated) or gets asked to rake the leaves while all the other kids are still playing kick the can, give him a big, obvious wink. The "big, obvious" part is necessary, because kids don't do subtlety. And the wink? It lets him know that you see the indignity that he's suffering, which both informs that he's not alone and encourages him to bear the trial with a little grace and positivity—the way that we grown-ups tend to also behave, once we see that we're seen—and understood.

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