We use a white board in the kitchen to practice spelling words, equations and to remind our boys about the house rules. You can probably tell we’re California parents when you see behaviors listed as either “cool” or “not cool.”

Helping is cool, hitting is decidedly not cool, as in

“Hey, that’s not cool!”

Asking is cool. Throwing fits is not so cool.

Listening is very cool, and highly underrated, arguing (at least for the sake of argument), is not.

“Uncool” means something entirely different and our kids aren’t big enough to know that we’re uncool yet.

These are also good tips for getting along with your editor. Taunting, hitting or throwing fits is not cool.

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