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This Happened — August 20: Warsaw Pact Troops Invade Czechoslovakia

The Soviet Union led Warsaw Pact troops in an invasion of Czechoslovakia on this day in 1968.

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Why did the Soviet Union invade Czechoslovakia?

The Soviet Union, along with other Warsaw Pact countries, invaded Czechoslovakia to suppress the reforms of the Prague Spring. The Prague Spring was a period of political liberalization and democratization led by Czechoslovak leader Alexander Dubček, which challenged Soviet influence and control.

How long did the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia last?

The Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia lasted until 1991 when the country peacefully transitioned to a democratic system following the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. However, the direct military presence and control were gradually reduced in the years following the invasion.

How did the international community respond to the invasion?

The international response to the invasion was mixed. Some countries condemned the invasion as a violation of international law and sovereignty, while others, particularly those in the Warsaw Pact, supported the actions of the Soviet Union. The invasion heightened tensions between the Eastern Bloc and Western countries during the Cold War.

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A Humble Note To Helicopter Parents And Hyperpaternity Dads: We're Born To Fail

One thing's for sure, whether you have children or not: You are bound to make mistakes, experience frustration and learn things the hard way. The key is to gradually understand how to live with it.

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Double ouch

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Ignacio Pereyra

"Whatever you do, you won't do it well". Sentences like that tend to feel like a relief as a father (and in life in general). Sometimes I think I worry (obsess?) too much about being the best parent I can be.

I also end up spending too much time caring about what others think about me as a father — be it my children, my partner or a random person in the park.

That initial sentence is all the more calming considering it was uttered by someone who really knows what they're talking about: the mother of Spanish artists David and Fernando Trueba, a woman who raised six more kids to boot.

In fact, I came across this sentence via an article about hyperpaternity* in Spain’s El Periódico, which helped me think more about how to raise children.

"We are having fewer children, and we are having them later. Children are thus ever precious beings. [...] A status symbol, a reflection of their parents. Raising children, which is something natural and instinctive, has professionalised. We plan each second of our lives around our kids," says journalist Eva Millet.

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