I remember a time when the internet was less affective on our lives. I feel like social media has thrashed the way we think and act.
We can’t go on vacation without thinking to post it. We can’t even eat, or just do nothing. What happened?
We add and follow people who we don’t even know personally, and follow their lives like the news. Social media has made interacting with others just plain awkward. I watch people sit on their phones and post about it instead of interacting with others.
It’s a weird world. Time to experiment on weaseling out of it. We’ll see what happens.
In David Sedaris’s new book, one of his short stories talks about an ill-attended book signing at a Costco in Canada. Last night after his reading, I asked him to sign that page - and shared with him this photo of the crowd at my first (and definitely last) signing for Reasons My Kid Is Crying. He’s the best.
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Third Eye Blind // Losing A Whole Year
"There’s never a good time to have kids, you just have to jump in and do it. Don’t worry if you’re not ready or don’t think you have the money. You’ll find a way and make do."
But the worst part about struggling financially is not what Mom and Dad go without, it’s the impact that financial hardship has on the children.
Children are never insulated from the knowledge of financial hardship they way parents think they are. Kids are smart. They know when money is tight by the way that Mom and Dad behave.They are aware of the tension between their parents that poverty causes, they see the strain and fatigue as their parents work so very hard to support them. Kids living in poverty often feel like burdens to their parents, they feel guilty for their needs, and they often develop unhealthy emotional patterns to cope with having less than others and feeling lesser, even in their own homes.
There is nothing noble about bringing a child into poverty, and contrary to what most parents will tell you, love is not enough. If you can’t afford to give your child the best chance of competing in this world of pain then you are doing that child a disservice; and if you genuinely did not take the time to understand how financially draining raising a child would be then, frankly, you are irresponsible and foolish as well.