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Money Doesn't Buy Happiness

So often we hear that Jon and Kate are right to sell their children’s childhood's because they have 8 kids and that’s expensive. They need the money they get from Figure 8 and TLC, they have 8 kids to feed (organically), clothe (in matching designer outfits), educate (at a pricey private school), and shelter (in a house many would consider very large even for a family of 10). The fact that Jon and Kate don’t actually have jobs besides hawking their kid’s privacy, or that they don’t actually pay for the majority of the clothes (donated by sponsors), the school (tuition rumored to be covered by someone else), the house (thanks TV specials, friends, and nice church people), or food (more donations, sponsors, and craft services) aside, they seem to be missing the big picture. Money doesn’t buy, or guarantee, happiness.

How many of us, or our kids, grew up wearing only designer clothes, eating organic food provided by a private chef, had special perks everywhere we went, or places open up to our family on a day they were supposed to be closed? Would it have been nice from time to time? Of course. But did we suffer for not having these things? Probably not. On the flip side, we didn’t have studio lighting, our bedrooms rigged with cameras, mic packs attached to us, a crew filming us 3-4 days a week for a couple years, our bad days captured on video, or our parent’s screaming caught and played on basic cable for the whole country, and our classmates, to see. Over and over and over again. Do the Gosselin kids suffer for it? It would seem that we are seeing at least the beginnings of issues stemming from this, girls throwing up from anxiety issues, boys shutting down, and kids playing to, or running away from, the cameras.

Which kids will be happier in the long run? Only time will tell, but I can make my guess right now. Figure 8 and TLC money might afford a lot of material things right now, but what will the kids have to show for it in 10 years? Happiness and fond memories or bitterness and recollections of always having to be “on” for the film crew that was camped out in the living room? If given the choice between living a modest life, one not full of perks and designer clothes, or living on a set, I know what I would want for a child. And it doesn’t include studio lighting.