When my children were toddlers, our pediatrician advised us to teach them the proper names for their body parts early. By the time they start school, she told us, most kids know more about cars than they do about their own bodies — because most parents find it easy to talk about cars. Maybe I was still sleep deprived, but my brain translated this idea into something bigger: my children would only learn what my husband and I managed to teach them. I remember sitting in that office, suddenly staggered by the weight of all the vital information and ideas…

Ellen Schumacher

Ellen Schumacher is a screenwriter and novelist. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, where she's constantly in search of new things to worry about.

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