Becoming Fluent in Baby Talk
Parenting didn’t just change the way I talked and behaved, it changed the way I saw the world.
Is he teething? When are you going back to work?
Game of Thrones
Sex and the CityWhat an assholePeople with kids really expect everyone to cater to them, don’t they?
that’s not very niiiice
Oh, I’m so sorry I tapped your bucket-on-wheels. Wouldn’t want to add a 17th dent to that stapled-on door. There’s actual duct tape on your rearview mirror, sir.
Kristin Wong is a freelance writer and journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, ELLE, Travel + Leisure, and The Cut among other publications. She frequently writes about behavior and identity and is also a staff writer and researcher at Hidden Brain Media, where she contributes to the Hidden Brain podcast and radio show.
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