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Gurdon: Advice to parents: Don't be your kids' executive secretaries

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"Hello?" "Hi Mummy," said one of my children over the phone. "Are you almost home?" "Not yet," I said, "Still some errands to run." "Well, I forgot my math book at school, so can you drive up there to get it?" "Can't you call a friend for the assignment?" "It's too much to do over the phone," the child said dolefully, and then her voice brightened. "Wait, I know! If you call X's mother, she can...

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