Reining In the Office Imagination

Don't jump to conclusions on the basis of short e-mails or overheard conversations. Wait for the facts instead of wasting your time worrying

I read in my child's preschool newsletter that the children are learning about outer space, so I was anxious to hear from my four-year-old what new information he had acquired. "So, what did you learn about space?" I asked him. "Well, we learned that there were nine planets, but one of them turned out to be a rock, so they blasted it with a ray-gun," he said. I have heard that the ages four through seven years are called "the years of magical thinking," so I let that bit of embroidery go.

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