Smug: You know it when you see it

As a mom with two young kids, I often find myself struggling to explain words or concepts to them. I want them to enjoy childhood and ease into the harsh realities of the real world, but I also don’t want them to be the last ones in their class calling genitals by pet names like wee-wee or petunia.

Recently, my eight year old daughter asked me what the word ‘smug’ meant. In our current political climate, it’s easy to find examples of people who are smug, but it’s tough to pare their situations down to an easily accessible definition. After struggling for a few minutes, I…