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Keeping up with the Joneses’ kids…(part 3): the lesson

I walk a fine line (okay, it's more like drunkenly stagger down a hallway) between meeting reasonable wants and needs in our family and gripping so tightly on my purse strings that my knuckles bleed. Anywho, when it comes to "keeping up with the Joneses," I have totally different standards for myself than for my… Continue reading Keeping up with the Joneses’ kids…(part 3): the lesson

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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)