Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
— John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy”
People around the globe believe that we might not wake up on Saturday morning, or that if we do so, it will be to a world filled with all sorts of new horror. The Mayan apocalypse has been predicted pretty much since they unearthed the dreaded calendar that appears to end on Dec. 21 of this year.
Americans are pretty generous — in fact, 83 percent of us donated money to charitable organizations last year, according to a Gallup survey. And now that we’re entering the holiday season, charitable giving well may be on your mind. Your key motivation for making charitable gifts, of course, is to help those organizations whose work is meaningful to you. However, by supporting these groups, you can also make life less “taxing” for yourself.
Question: My ex-husband has our 3-year-old son from Thursday through Saturday, every weekend. When I hand him over to his dad, he’s fairly well behaved, but when I get him back, he’s disrespectful and defiant. It takes a day or two to get him back on track. I work very hard to discipline consistently and it seems his dad unravels everything I accomplish.