Parenting

Helaine Olen Explains “Expenditure Cascades” As They Relate to Birthday Parties

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.

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How People Without Parents Do Money

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?

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Open Thread: Parental Assistance

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!

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One Is The Loneliest Number But Also An Okay Number Maybe

Having one kid is a really good compromise between having children and not having children. You get a lot of the benefits of being a parent without too many of the drawbacks.

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The Most Bought Books And The Most Pirated Movies

The most pirated film of the year is a film about thieves and crooks. That sounds about right.

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Two Heartwarming Stay-At-Home-Dad Stories & One Cautionary Tale

Balance remains elusive, or perhaps just expensive.

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Allowance Reduced, 30-Year-Old Turns Patricidal

Perhaps it’s a good time to read that Michael Lewis piece going around about “What Wealth Does To Your Soul.”

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Thank You Title IX, Says Mom of IV Daughters

Thanks to Title IX , good genes, and good coaching, our female athletes have a chance at a high-quality college education without paying for it the rest of their lives.

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“Working Has Become More Expensive”

If you don’t need to work to live, why work?

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My Father’s Shadow Money

“Your father,” she said, “never spent a penny of his money on you. You were in ratty clothes, all but rags, but he drove a nice new car.”

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