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There's a dark side to knowing how the sausage is made. On one hand, you'll be more knowledgeable about the world at large and that's always a plus. The downside is you...know how the sausage is made. Dark secrets can lead to an awful legacy, especially if it's a place you're currently employed. You know how your co-workers behave once they hang up the customer service call, so why would you ever go back? Let's find out.

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"...didn't talk to them again for 4 years."

Sleepovers are painted up in our nostalgia as fun times when childhood bonds turn into lifelong friendships. Or, and this is a little more common, they're social-anxiety traps, sprung by hormones, which force you to reexamine your life choices that coerced you to agree to stay the night in someone else's home. You're cornered, unable to flee on foot, and the only escape is to call...your mommy.

Let's hear about when it was so bad you never wanted to do it again!

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Being a teacher means accepting all kids that cross your doorway. You open yourself up to their problems and their woes, whether it's their fault or not, and do your best to help. Families and previous teachers have impacted them, making them an interesting package of unwanted issues. But you help them, because that's your job, and it's what you'll always do as an educator. Sometimes, though, it's good to vent and say what you really think about "those" kids.

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"Communicate early and often."

In genera, it's hard to take advice, but it's especially hard to take it from someone who hasn't been where you've been. How could they understand your life's intricate challenges? However, if you take your head out of the sand and just listen to someone who's gone further than you, it's possible to learn a lot. Case in point, couples that have moved in with a significant other. What can they teach us?

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"It meant so much to me..."

At the time of writing, the holidays are in full swing. Many traditions celebrated around this time involve the act of giving a gift. Stressful for some, it's rather easy to forget that gifting something to someone is a giving a piece of your heart. It should reveal a connection between "gifter" and "giftee." However, as long as any thought and love is injected into the act then any gift can be the best gift ever.

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Every new year of teaching brings an entirely new set of challenges. New administrative orders, new parents to calmly deal with, and a brand new class of students to educate for a better future. With any luck, they'll be well-behaved angels and your whole year will be a quiet, peaceful journey of learning...Or they'll most likely behave like real kids.

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