My parents used to live near a street that put out an MINDBLOWING Halloween decorations (like animatronic spiders crawling over their house) and so kids from all over the city would trick or treat in our neighborhood. My parents never cared about any extra kids, but they did care about teenagers who didn't bother to dress up except for a mask with a pillow case. I think that's fair. Side note: I can personally testify that the street with amazing decorations gave out the worst candy. Because SO MANY people would come, all the houses generally only gave out one tootsie roll each. My parents would buy 3 big bags from Sams Club and would generally run out by 8:30 or so.
@TheDilettantista @Ester Bloom High Holiday tickets in the NYC area are crazy and primarily how these synagogues pay their bills. However, you can always try calling them and play the young person card. Depending on the movement, many of these schuls are THRILLED that young people want to attend services without the pushing of their parents. Especially in the NYC area, where there are so many synagogues to choose from, its worth doing some research to see what you can get. At the same time, if you can afford to support an institution that you like, that is a wonderful thing.
Lord Peter Whimsey is awesome! Although, most of the awesomeness comes from Bunter and Harriet Vane, a Blue Stocking who lived with a married man before Whimsey met her.
@Ester Bloom The Lion in Winter got extra points because it included BONUS awesome rich person, Katherine Hepburn.
OMG Eleanor of Aquitaine. Did anyone else read Of Scarlet and Miniver by EL Konningsberg?
@EM @EM Do they feel dejected by their working parent? Do they feel that the working parent loves them less? Both of my parents worked and I didn't like my childcare but I never felt like my parents loved me less than other parents loved their children. It never would have occurred to me.
@eatmoredumplings RIGHT. And in many ways this should be a LOWER class problem. Single moms need access to something like this for when they work. Or families where both parents must work in order to pay bills. I think that a lot of issues are created because we live in a system from the 1950s. We can't assume two parent house holds. We can't assume straight, married house holds. However, children need to be cared for. Its a constant.
Can we please just get subsidized (or sliding pay scale), high quality, universal day care? Please? I know it costs a lot up front but it fixes SO MANY problems. Maybe start with vouchers that can be used with private programs?
There is a great blog called Dinner, A Love Story (http://www.dinneralovestory.com/) which is all about pulling together easy and quick family dinners. I love it because, while I don't have a family to feed, I don't want to spend three hours cooking when I get home from work every night. I want something fast, healthy and delicious. They deliver. Also, recent studies have shown that you don't HAVE to do family dinner to get many of the benefits. Apparently, Family breakfast can be just as helpful or family ice cream time when a late working parent gets home. The idea is to have people spend time together.
@HelloTheFuture Also,my recollection was that it was closer to Altzheimers than mild dementia, no? Can't they not recognize Neville? If the memory loss was so severe, then I think round the clock medical attention probably makes a lot of sense.