However, some of the parents began insisting that I let the crying (and by this point, screaming) children open my gifts(! Instead, I stopped opening gifts, put all the presents up on a shelf and began serving cake and ice cream and handing out balloons and other party favors.
This satisfied some of the children, but others were still screaming.
When I began opening my gifts, several of the children started throwing tantrums because they were not being given gifts.
I thought this might be a good learning opportunity to gently teach the children that it was not their birthday, but someone else’s special day.
Here's the thing: Your romantic success has nothing to do with your mental jewelry and everything to do with how you make the other person feel.
And making someone feel a certain way is a somewhat nonlinear process that requires a different kind of mastery than that of calculus or Shakespeare.
The writing of the books was precipitated by the endemic dating woes on the Harvard campus as I observed them as an advisor and, earlier, indulged in them as a student.
Once upon a day I used to be pretty smart, and believe me, I had a lock on clueless. -- and then continue doing even more of what you were doing before.They should have removed their offspring until they regained control of themselves rather than demand you allow their little angels to tear apart your packages.