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Keeping up with the Joneses’…kids (part 2: the reality)

Okay, so I think forcing your kids to fight your internal battles between self-assurance and external pressures is misguided at best. But what does that mean in reality? I'm not saying that I think kids should have the newest, most expensive, diamond-laden shoes. First of all, those diamond-laden shoes would scratch the crap out of… Continue reading Keeping up with the Joneses’…kids (part 2: the reality)

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Keeping up with the Joneses’…kids (Part 1: the mentality)

First. Why the Joneses? Why not a last name that doesn't end in an S? Is this the man's way of trying to teach us complicated and unsettling English morphology rules? Keeping up with the Jones? Keeping up with the Jones's? Keeping up with the Joneses'? (I hope we all know that an apostrophe has… Continue reading Keeping up with the Joneses’…kids (Part 1: the mentality)

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Leggo my LEGOs – a review of AliExpress LEGO knockoffs

Sonya has started getting really into LEGOs, especially sets, which is awesome because LEGOs are awesome and they are not screens and they require focus and diligence and you end up with a whole bucket of creativity after you tear the set apart. It’s also not awesome because we’re trying to be frugal here. I… Continue reading Leggo my LEGOs – a review of AliExpress LEGO knockoffs

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“Kids are only as expensive as you want them to be.”

When I first had Sonya, I was shocked at how inexpensive parenting was if you could get around paying for child care (side note: “getting around paying for child care” is also expensive, if you factor in missed work opportunities because you are required to stick to a certain schedule, or if you consider the… Continue reading “Kids are only as expensive as you want them to be.”