Congratulations! The next eighteen years are going to be a wild ride full of love, snuggles, very little sleep, accelerating global crises, and placing catastrophically high expectations on your kid and her entire generation to dig humanity out of the dismal economic, environmental, and humanitarian hole we’ve dug for ourselves over the past fifty years.
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Learn about a range of real-world, relatable subjects from how to deal with the fallout from ignoring decades of increasingly urgent pleas from scientists about climate change while simultaneously planning your child’s high school graduation party, to negotiating the collapse of the middle class as it becomes increasingly necessary to have to choose between paying rent or daycare fees because even though you have a master’s degree in applied mathematics, you’re strapped for cash between adjuncting and your shifts at Panera.
You’ll read expert advice on topics like how to pack your kid’s schedule with STEM courses and extracurriculars as early in life as possible so that they can start making up for your inability to take meaningful action by the time they’re in middle school. You’ll hear from real parents about how to rationalize deeply hubristic and short-sighted decision-making while shifting the fate of humanity onto humans who are barely capable of eating solid foods, as well as how to deal with your kids’ profound resentment towards you and the dire situation you’ve placed them in.
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