Topic: family and money

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 »

Raising The Next Generation Of Whiners

Raising The Next Generation Of Whiners

White Whiners are not born, they are bred. The process of becoming a White Whiner begins very young, while the child is still in diapers, in fact. At this impressionable age, children are taught the value of brand-name diapers, organic baby food, and a thousand other little luxuries that will almost always fall short in one way or another. Although the child will not understand the concept of “value” or “premium” as she takes a wet dump into a biodegradable $11 diaper, perhaps she will pick up on the subtle look of smug satisfaction on her parents’ faces when they pull out a fresh diaper and make a point of showing it around to the other parents before strapping it on. More »

Your Toddler Can Join The CrossFit Cult For An Obscene Amount Of Money

Your Toddler Can Join The CrossFit Cult For An Obscene Amount Of Money

It’s increasingly becoming part of the New Yorker experience (and probably elsewhere) to lose many a friend to the CrossFit Cult. First come the cancelled plans, then the near hourly Facebook updates along with maps that read “CrossFit!” and before you know it they’re on the Paleo diet. Well now, CrossFitters and the CrossFit curious can also enroll their toddlers in the lifestyle that is CrossFit. But it will cost you! More »

Anonymous Mom: My Cousin With Quadruplets Is Hogging All The Free Family Child Care

Anonymous Mom: My Cousin With Quadruplets Is Hogging All The Free Family Child Care

A few years ago, my cousin had fertility problems and ended up having quadruplets. Everyone rushed to help. But the help has continued and every time we ask for a night out, we are told no one can because they are helping with the quads. They have had constant help from lots of family members for years now. I understand they needed it when the quads were preemie babies (my first was a preemie too), but the kids are almost three years old now and my cousin has never watched them by herself for a day! More »

10 Times You Will Regret Having Kids

10 Times You Will Regret Having Kids

Saying that you regret having your children is not exactly the kind of sentiment that can be blurted out in your weekly knitting circle. At least not sober. A few glasses of wine and maybe it blubbers up in some of your weaker, more intimate moments between damn good friends. And that’s okay! Raising tiny humans is tough, tough business and fleeting moments of utter and all-consuming frustration are normal, despite what the mythologies of motherhood will have you believe. More »

Reddit User Asks What Is ‘A Disappointment To Your Parents?’, Results In Epic Kids And Marriage Discussion

Reddit User Asks What Is 'A Disappointment To Your Parents?', Results In Epic Kids And Marriage Discussion

A parent’s love many be consistent, but their approval is a mighty, mighty fickle thing — and can usually come in two prominent flavors of concern: kids and marriage. Such is the essential takeaway from a fairly open-ended, yet swelling Reddit thread that was prompted with a simple question, “What aspect of your life is a disappointment to your parents?More »