Topic: family and money

Black Friday Is Not All Bad If It Can Help People Get Awesome Gifts They Could Not Buy Otherwise

Black Friday Is Not All Bad If It Can Help People Get Awesome Gifts They Could Not Buy Otherwise

Over the last couple of weeks, I have done some ranting about Black Friday and also, Black Thursday. While I still have a serious issue with retail stores that sell unnecessary items being open on Thanksgiving, I am coming around to the reasons why Black Friday can be pretty great and also, very needed for people on a limited budget for the holiday season. More »

My Family Needs Money To Be Happy

My Family Needs Money To Be Happy

I think we all know the right answer to the question: What does a family need to be happy? The “right” answer, the answer that we are supposed to say to save face, is that we don’t need money to be happy. Needing and wanting money makes you materialistic, doesn’t it? If you need money to be happy, then you probably don’t understand that the best things in life are free, and all that bullshit. More »

Gwyneth & Chris Celebrate A Romantic Conscious Uncoupling On Tim McGraw’s Private Island

Gwyneth & Chris Celebrate A Romantic Conscious Uncoupling On Tim McGraw's Private Island

The fact that Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are “borrowing” a private island in the Bahamas that is owned by Tim McGraw and his lovely wife of 18 years Faith Hill during their divorce conscious uncoupling shows that all of us are basically the same as Gwyneth. When I split from my first husband, we did pretty much the same thing, meaning that just like the über rich couple who took a private jet with their children to the exclusive hideaway of Goat Cay we had our own conscious uncoupling ritual, which entailed fighting over who would get to keep the dish set we had purchased for like 12 dollars on sale at Target. It’s amazingly similar! More »

Anonymous Mom: I’m A Single Mom Of 4 Kids Since I Left My Abusive Marriage

Anonymous Mom: I'm A Single Mom Of 4 Kids Since I Left My Abusive Marriage

He was extremely abusive. I wasn’t allowed to use birth control or have a job. My job was home in the kitchen, and that’s that. I almost lost our second at five months pregnant from taking a steel toe boot to the back. After three years, the physical abuse tapered off, but it was daily verbal abuse. I was called a “bitch,” “dirty cunt” and a “whore” daily, in front of the kids. Our second daughter was a HUGE disappointment to him, as it was his third girl, and she has autism. More »

STFU Parents: How Not To Talk About The Government Shutdown On Facebook

STFU Parents: How Not To Talk About The Government Shutdown On Facebook

This time around, the government shutdown has inspired a few “classic” parent responses to what is essentially a huge national crisis with international ramifications (that will hopefully get resolved soon). Whether a parent is downplaying the seriousness of the shutdown, ranting nonsensically, or trotting out the old chestnut about moms never getting a day off, each of today’s examples typify how NOT to talk about the government shutdown on Facebook (unless you want your friends to roll their eyes, take a screenshot, and send that screenshot straight to STFU, Parents).
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Facebook Getting Fancy New On-Premise Doggy Daycare, But Jack Squat For Kids

Facebook Getting Fancy New On-Premise Doggy Daycare, But Jack Squat For Kids

Facebook is embracing alternative families like no other. The company that gave us Olympic style procrastination is reportedly erecting a  $120 million, 394-unit housing compound on their premises so that employees have a super happy commute (reminds me of college). But among all the fancy amenities, including a sports bar, laundry and dry cleaning facilities, hairstylists, woodworking classes, on-site bike repair, there is zero daycare. At least for your child. But there is daycare for your dog. More »

6-Year-Old Twins Rack Up $1600 In Apps In A Single Weekend Of Unattended iPading

6-Year-Old Twins Rack Up $1600 In Apps In A Single Weekend Of Unattended iPading

While the dangers of leaving your kid unattended in front of various screens has debated consequences, a hit to your bank account has yet to be flagged as one of them — until now. Twin 6-year-olds in the UK racked up quite the iPad app tab, a whopping  £979.90 so roughly the equivalent of $1600, on virtual pets. And their pop is faulting designers, not say, his own negligence in giving his kids the password. More »