“As mothers we would never want *our* value to be trivialized to a dollar amount.”
I never got to do an actual work day with my dad but I would have loved it if he let me, simply for the glimpse into the shadow world of what adults do for so many hours away from home.
Instead of tax code changes that could be here one year and gone the next, I myself would prefer structural and societal changes in the way we support parents.
I love the idea of giving kids “one dollar per year of age per week,” because I would have been able to do so much with that money.
This windfall, along with the fact that my fixed expenses are relatively low, will allow me to make this boring dream into a boring reality.
Money and sex are so often a source of shame to adults that we assume they are inappropriate subjects. They don’t have to be.
How much have expenditures cascaded since the days of box cake and paper hats? Olen writes that 7 out of 10 U.S. parents spend more than $300 on a birthday party, while 1 out of 7 spend more than $1,000.
Theoretically, it’s our parents who teach us about money, the technicalities of how to handle it, but also how we might feel about it as a concept and approach it through a moral lens. But what about when our parents die before they can teach us anything?
Today’s post about the 31-year-old who lives at home gave me the idea that we should have an open thread about how much help we take or took from our parents, or how much we help our parents instead. I’ll volunteer to go first!