15 piece of advice from Elizabeth Sampat

Elizabeth Sampat, an award-winning game designer and activist, recently took to Twitter to offer 100 pieces of advice. I pulled out 15 of what I thought were the best and offer them to you here.

My favorite is #71.


2. Unless you are a salaried employee or have guaranteed regular hours, always buy the largest amount of toilet paper you can afford.

4. When someone says they can’t do something, 75% of the time it means “There are things not worth sacrificing to make this happen."

6. Never feel bad for dropping people from your life. Friends, family, whoever.

15. Treat your kids like human beings from the day they’re born and you’ll end up living with people whose company you like for 18 years.

20. Don’t put more than five words on a slide or people will be reading instead of listening to you talk.

22. Have a tweet in your drafts that a friend can send if you die, so your last tweet ever isn’t a drill RT or something.

25. If you have to say “I was just kidding around” then your joke wasn’t funny.

40. It’s just as important to have enemies as it is to have friends, otherwise you haven’t done anything worth doing with your life.

49. If you’re the smartest person in the room, it’s time to find a different room.

50. The best thing you can ever do for your kid is to replace every hope/dream/preconceived notion with a desire to help them be themselves.

70. Listen and learn from marginalized people, especially black women, and give them credit every time you say something you learned from them.

71. We’re all going to die someday, and it’s good to remember that, but don’t think about it after 8PM.

72. Your childhood wasn’t normal. PROMISE. The sooner you realize it, the better off you are. (if it felt “happy” normal, it was privileged).

82. It’s 1000000% okay to laugh during sex.

90. Dishes only get grosser the longer they sit in the sink. Soaking for more than an hour is a lie.

My 3 best pieces of parenting advice

A reader recently asked me for parenting advice. She is pregnant, reads my blog regularly and would like to know what are some of my best parenting tips.

I was honored by such a request, though I know that some might think it crazy to ask for parenting advice from me. I’m certainly not an expert on parenting, and some might even say that I’m the last person to ask this kind of question, but I’m not without experience.

I’m an elementary school teacher who has been teaching children for more than 15 years.

I’m the father of two children and a former stepfather who raised a stepdaughter from the ages of 6-16.

So yeah. I have some experience with kids.

I wasn’t exactly sure what my best parenting advice would be, so I scoured my blog for posts on parenting and found three that I think are my best:

Raising my daughter is a piece of cake, and there’s a good reason why I say this as often as possible.

It’s fine to be a slightly insane parent. Just don’t pretend that you’re not.

How to sleep train your child.

All are slightly controversial to one degree or another, but I stand behind all three posts just as much today as when I wrote them years ago, and I’m fairly confident that my wife would do the same, but with less bravado and certainty.

And if the proof is in the pudding, just look what I have to show for it?