The other night I asked a couple people -- including a stranger -- how much we should pay the babysitter if the kids were asleep the whole time. They all said, "Nothing." WHAT?! I know that's not right, but how much is fair? We usually end up paying between $13-$16 for three kids age 6 and below for between 2-3 hours (they're usually asleep for at least some of it). Is that good? What's fair?
I've been nostalgic for my childhood lately and was remembering the way youth soccer used to be in Tri-Cities. My kids are too young to play now, so I can't compare and contrast, but here are my favorite things about the way things used to be:
My son is joining the Air Force in a few weeks. I was surprised when we got a call saying he had been accepted to try out for the Pararescue Jumpers. I didn't know what that was, so I looked it up. Hooooly Cow!
My wife is about to spend $400 on a pair of sneakers because that's what her son wants for Christmas. It's not unusual for families to drop $1,000 per kid on Christmas. I think that's absurd! We didn't have a lot of money growing up, but we didn't lack either. I think Christmas has become too commercialized. We can only blame ourselves for that if we're spending a huge percentage of our annual salary on stuff our kids will only use or play with for a couple of hours. Sometimes it feels like a dump truck full of money. How much do you think is TOO much to give gives for Christmas?
Earlier this week we asked if you played board games after Thanksgiving dinner. Dozens of you responded recommending tons of great games that we're going to share right now. I'll link the less popular/newer games to websites so you can check them out. Maybe we'll even help with your holiday shopping!
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