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?
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.
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.)
Dr. Mary Ann Franco-Kerns really does know her stuff. She isn't just a licensed marriage and family therapist with a doctoral degree who teaches counseling classes, she raised her own daughter from age 7 until 21 as a single mom after her first husband died. In other words, she doesn't just talk the talk, she has walked the walk.