"Maybe your tastes should change. Get rid of the nanny. Get rid of the expensive vacations. You no longer have a job. What you think are necessary are total luxuries."
I've never responded to an anonymous comment before. Insults from someone that doesn't have the backbone to stand by their words are not worth responding to.
However, you bring up an interesting point which I thought I'd address.
'Get rid of the nanny'.
I'm not a semiotician but the expression 'Get rid of the nanny' is such an odious expression.
Whatever the reason it would seem that anonymous believes employee's are disposable whenever they become an inconvenience. Here's the reason I haven't 'got rid of the nanny'.
I entered into a social, ethical and financial responsibility with AA. The contract is as evident as the day I hired her. She is not a luxury, she's an employee with her own responsibilities, which as an employer we directly impact. If it is in our power to earn money so she can be retained than that is what we must do. Which I have. I started a very lucrative consultancy the day I got laid off.
It's also worth pointing out that she's an integral part of our household and my kids life. Their lives are enriched by AA , as is mine. Not to over state this but my kids love AA because she is a kind, nurturing, loving caretaker.
As for the expensive vacations! Read the blog. We haven't been on a vacation since the kids were born and before that we spent a weekend at an Inn about half an hour from home. As it turned out it ended up being free except for the train tickets. Martha's Vineyard - the boat is $45 return. A week in a hotel would be less than two days of consulting. However it looks like an ex client is going to offer us their vacation house for free. You ever heard of karma. You should check it out.
Keep away from my blog. And grow a pair, for goodness sake.