My daughter Maya is a smart kid. She listens intently. She remembers details. She’s starting to understand how to filter out the stuff that doesn’t matter from the stuff that does. For an eight-year-old there’s a thin line between knowing a lot and knowing it all. She’s not always on the right side of that line. There are also some consistent messages in our house and, “You speak up for yourself and demand what’s fair” is one of them and she’s certainly taken that to heart.

We butt heads. A lot. I’m in my 40s. I have the most patient, supportive spouse in the world. We’re financially stable. I’m in the best possible situation and it’s still hard! …

James VanElls

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