A few things…
Is there a reality show for extreme debt?
There should be.
Something like the Biggest Loser but with families and credit cards and student loans.
If you’re in debt here’s something that will make you feel a tiny bit better.
I’ll admit I embraced a bit of generalized schadenfreude to make myself feel better when we were in debt and getting out of debt.
It wasn’t related to anyone I knew in particular but when I was feeling regret and remorse for the number, when I wondered how we would ever get out of it, I would think, there are people out there with a lot more debt than us.
So if you’ve stalled out on paying off the credit cards and car loans, take heart. It may take a bit longer than you like but it could be so much worse.
Also, how is this kind of trading fraud still happening? We need financial institution reform. Stat.
A girl can’t spoil herself, you know. – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Are your children spoiled in gifts or love or stuff?
This NYT piece, How Spoiled Are Our Children?, thoughtfully examines the debate and makes a distinction both between methods of spoiling and how spoiling changes as children get older.
With older children, you get into the issue of stuff. “When I think of spoiling, you’re talking about attention and you’re talking about things,” Dr. High said. “I don’t think you can spoil with too much attention to what your kids are doing and thinking and suffering from, but I think you sometimes have to be careful about things.”
Great read for me as our oldest grows up and his requests and needs change.
Any good recent reads you can recommend? My husband is currently enjoying Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and Fall of Everyone Else so that’s next on my reading list along with Tammy Strobel’s You Can Buy Happiness (and it’s Cheap) which my friend V says is a great read.