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Let's Be Honest About Lying, Shall We?

A couple days ago, I told a Nigerian engineer to "Work online. Use freelancing sites. Lie about the country you’re in. [...] There’s a big stigma against Nigeria. That’s just reality, and you need to deal with it."

A reader replies -

I feel for this guy but I am surprised you recommend lying. There has to be another way. ... I have a problem with lying, period, and perhaps I’ve misunderstood Sebastian but I think he stands for straightforwardness.

Let's talk about this straightforwardly, like adults, like grown-ups.

Most people won't do that. It's inherently weird. Most people don't own up to the fact that they lie, yet almost everyone does so. A lot, actually.

Undesirable behavior

On Toddler Breastfeeding

All nurslings develop undesirable nursing habits at one time or another. Depending on the Mother+Baby pair, these habits can be anywhere from amusing to unbearable. Desmond has this urge to hit me while he nurses. Why would you hit the very person that is feeding you is beyond me, but he does it. And hard!

If I don't watch out, he'll get me right on my face. It's not fun at all. Especially in the middle of the night when he starts smacking my chest. Unbearable. So what do I do about it?

1) When he hits me really hard, I pop him off.

2) Tell him seriously (and calmly) that he's not going to nurse if he keeps hitting me.

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