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Drop Out and Grow Rich : The Remix

A bunch of people e-mailed me about the Drop Out and Grow Rich article I posted yesterday. A friend of mine pointed out a few things, most importantly that I failed to give the college grad interest on his money. Fixing that (and making him pay interest if he was negative, but only after the first 4 years of college) put him very close to the high school grad with private school money. Never charging him interest for being negative got him slightly above that same person.

Then it was pointed out that the difference in earnings wasn't 900k as the college-mongers claimed. It was more like 1.3mil. I had no good data on salary increases, so I assumed the inflation rate. I guess it stands to reason that after a while job experience means more than the degree, so the gap gets smaller.

If I fudged the grad's income to equal a 900k lifetime earnings difference, the Dropout with Private School money is again the winner, but is still followed closely by the grad. If I fudge the dropout's starting income (to $29,692) to get the 900k difference, the grad still beats the dropout with public level money, but only by 300k. Also, the dropout would be beating him until age 58.

Nursing a girl

On Toddler Breastfeeding

One day when I was nursing one of the boys my mom asked me "If you had a girl, do you think you would have breastfed this long?" A pretty disturbing question. You don't know my mom, but she's not very accepting of gays or lesbians. It makes sense that she would ask that question. But it's also very wrong that she would suggest breastfeeding would have anything to with sex.

She asked it so innocently. It makes me laugh inside. I can tell you that she doesn't realize what she's suggesting. For her, it's simple. Breastfeeding older boys is ok because they are boys. And I'm a girl. But if I were breastfeeding an older girl? A girl sucking on another girl's breast? That's lesbian behavior - to her. Her mind ignores certain key facts in the situation. For instance the fact that I'm a mother, and these are my children, have been omitted. So the question of sexuality comes up.

I can laugh inside because I know my mother is "innocent." She knows my breastfeeding is a thing to be proud of. She only speaks highly of me and how I'm such an amazing mother. But it saddens me that there are people that do mix up sexuality with breastfeeding. And they shouldn't. Sex and family is incest. I'm sure I don't have to tell you that breastfeeding, toddler breastfeeding, is absolutely, one thousand percent, NOT incest.

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