According to Bankrate.com, the average funeral in the U.S. costs between $8,000 and $10,000. So that's the smallest piece of the extra money your family is going to have to come up with immediately if you die. You all got that much just sitting in an account right now? Didn't think so.
The other day, as I was cutting the film off one compartment and removing the sprinkles from another before microwaving some Kid Cuisines, I got to wondering: What if there were a better way to break bad habits faster and get back to the good ones, without resentment?
The Must Have Parenting Olympics are drama-filled, to be sure. And every competitor has a great backstory. But there are no gold, silver or bronze medals, only participation awards -- and you only get one of those if you survive until mid-August
Farmers don't go away. They can't. If they did, the crops would die.
Fishermen don't stay at home. If they did, they wouldn't catch any fish.
So coming from a background where I learned to take for granted that all the people would be more or less attached to the home, it still seems very strange to me that my own little family doesn't look like that.
The real benefit in family dinners, no matter which members are present or absent, is in just seeing each other's faces and feeling that sense of tribe, knowing that these are our people and we're walking through this world together.
When one's backyard is a granite-topped outdoor kitchen with a gas-powered fire pit and an under mount Sub Zero chardonnay cooler, where does one put a whole cow?
Even if he volunteered to stay home with the kids for every single weekend until our youngest child left for college so that I could go off to meditate in the woods, or get a massage in Sedona, or brush up on my blackjack game in Vegas, or just hide in a neutral colored, minimalist room, with nary a PowerPuff Girl in sight, he would never be able to log enough days at home to make up for all of the days he'd missed for deployments and other absences.
Yes, you can still plan and host a birthday party for your kid as a solo parent. No, you won't lose your mind in the process. (Probably.)
Guess what? #MustHaveParents don't wait to teach The Most Important Skills In The World the week before their kid leaves for college. #MHPs start in middle school to teach adult skills every kid must know.
Are you "creating a normal life in the middle of an abnormal lifestyle?" You have more in common with the NBA players endorsing #leanintogether than you think. Take their tips one step farther and get a little more gender equality in your own relationship