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And now my friends have kids…

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

There’s a double standard to adulthood—to parenting, really.  It’s more pronounced in my male friends than my female ones, but that may be because I was roommates and suite-mates with some of the same guys that I’m watching try to enforce the kinds of rules at which we scoffed when we were of younger and stronger stuff. Proof?  I was hoping you’d ask. Allow me to bring to your attention

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