So many of us are struggling to break the patterns we’ve inherited from our families. I hope this essay I recently published on Gawker helps someone out there break free from their family chains — or at least reconsider their family stories with fresh eyes.
(Part 3 of a 3-part series) Now back to Nico’s quest to take over the world and our obvious failure in teaching our kids about the things we value. After Nico’s most recent bout of toy-inspired-DTs, Ken and I sat down and had a fun little conversation about the values we were trying to teach […]
(Part 2 of a 3-part series) So now that I’ve talked about the not-so-clear link between money and happiness, let me show you how badly I’ve blown it as a parent. Especially in terms of teaching any lessons of value to my kids. Because what’s really gotten me all worked up around here is the […]
(Part 1 in a 3-part series) After my Money, Money, Money post, a friend wrote to tell me how glad he was that I’d brought up the topic, especially in these crazy economic times, when most of us have been affected by the recession in one way or another. Like most of us, he knows […]
I’ve been thinking about money lately. As in: money’s one of those ever-present married-with-young-children arguments, so why aren’t we talking about how crazy-expensive our lives really are? “When our kids were your age,” a friend said to me the other day, “we were always in the red.” “Really?” She nodded. “We were way over budget–for […]