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Kids, put down your phones while I text

From the day my children became capable of conversing in full, meaningful sentences, I have grown to loathe a simple, four-word response they continue to fire at me whenever I'm conducting a parental teaching moment:

"You do it too."

OK, I suppose there are worse four-word phrases for a parent to hear -- "I'm eloping to Vegas," "I got another F" and "I voted for Trump" come to mind -- but my daughters never seem to grow tired of "You do it too," forcing me to justify my own behavior while not condoning theirs.

"GET YOUR ELBOWS OFF THE TABLE!"

"You do it too."

"Yes, but I have...

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