economy 

Nanny Management School the M.B.A. of Baby-Sitting?

Getting a good baby sitter can be tough, but would you pay more for a nanny who was certified by the New York State Board of Education? Doug Kozinn, one of the owners of the Absolute Best Care nanny agency is betting that you will, according to Th...

Student Poses as 71-Year-Old to Get College Tuition Break

A Florida college student used a stolen identity to qualify for tuition funding assistance. Credit: jupiterimages
You know the economy is in bad shape when a coed poses as 71-year-old woman just to pay for her college education. According t...

Jennifer Hudson, Silver Linings, and Special Needs Bill of Rights - Links We Love

Riding in the back of the station wagon: No longer allowed. Photo: sxc.hu
Parents of kids with special needs now have their own Bill of Rights, thanks to Max's mom Ellen. "We have the right to expect our kids to be seen for who they are as ind...

Economy Hits Summer Camp, More Free Time for Kids

Summer camp attendance is down, due to the economy. Image: Pink Sherbet Photography/Flickr
As families everywhere tighten their belts and pinch their pennies, summer camp attendance is taking a hit. The American Camp Association reported at 10 t...

Marijuana Mamas, Apology Cards, and Lisa Kudrow - Links We Love

Kid behaved badly on a playdate? Send an apology card. Photo: sxc.hu
Kate Gosselin admits it: Jon's been asking for a divorce for "a long time." She says that on a good day, she feels relief. On a bad, she feels failure. -- Whoa, Momma! One...

Mom Guilts Sons Into Committing Armed Robbery

Mom's financial plan lands family in jail. Photo courtesy of sxc.hu. Desperate times may call for desperate measures, but this is ridiculous: A mother in Phoenix, Arizona recently lost her job and was having trouble coming up with the money to p...

Economy Driving Moms to Drink

Is this your economic survival strategy? Image: sxc.hu
Times are tough all over. For so many of us, incomes have decreased while expenses have not. Where bill-paying used to involve sitting down to write some checks, it can now resemble a workout...

Staycations - Last Year's News?

Winter turns to spring, spring turns to summer, and here we are ... still stuck in a recession. Last summer, we tried to make ourselves feel better. "So we can't go on a vacation!" we'd say optimistically, "Let's try that staycation thing instead." ...

Married to Your Economic Opposite?

Early in our marriage my husband and I realized we were economic opposites. I was reared in an upper-middle class world where in the summers all parents enrolled their four-year-olds in private swimming lessons, children got braces when their adult t...

Mom Dances Topless to Pay Mortgage

Desperate times call for desperate measures and many of us have had to make sacrifices in order to make ends meet these days. But what happens when cutting back doesn't cut it? When you've given up all you can and yet still can't pay the bills? T...

Vasectomies on the Rise - A Sign of the Times?

For some parents, making the decision to stop having kids is a tough one. It's a door that some just want to leave open ... just in case. But if there's one thing that a pessimistic economy makes simpler, it's that question: "Should we or shouldn't w...

Sesame Street Gets Downsized

With so many people from all walks of life losing their homes these days, it seems that no neighborhood is immune to the credit crunch; from the row houses of Chicago to the gated estates of Palm Beach, foreclosure signs are popping up everywhere. Th...

Jobs For Laid Off Moms and Dads

Like so many folks in this troubled economy, Ms. L. was laid off recently. Unlike some people, she was able to find employment, albeit in a very different field. Ms. L. used to be a vice president at Chase. Now she's a nanny, being paid off the bo...

Summer Camp - Are You Afraid to Spend the Money?

With the Dow falling faster than Joaquin Phoenix's asking price for a film, many parents are cutting back on unnecessary expenses. And it's not just new video games or fancy sneakers. Summer camp is on the chopping block. While day or sleep-away c...

Second Hand Clothes - Good Bargains or Just Gross?

Remember when thrift-store shopping was the the ultimate sign of indie cool? Hunting down checkered polyester sport coats and ratty sweaters to go with an attitude of studied ennui was all part of the scene. But then came the kids. Dress my precio...

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