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Psychologists Betty Hart and Todd Risley found that there are “dramatic differences in the intensity and nature of the verbal stimulation the kids were getting: Professional parents directed an average of 487 ‘utterances’ per hour toward their children, as compared to 301 for working-class parents and only 176 for welfare parents.  The quality of those utterances was also very different: Among professional parents, the ratio of encouraging to discouraging utterances was six to one; for working-class parents, the ratio slipped to two-to-one; and welfare parents made two discouraging utterances for every encouraging one.”

From Dr. Leithart’s blog

Sometimes it gets to be in slowmotion.

“We are full of Sex, more so day by day. And at the same time we grow progressively emptier of masculinity and femininity.”

-Robert Farrar Capon, Bed and Board

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