I would argue that a couple of toys for one's children and a tattoo are nowhere near the same thing. Kids need to play - it's their work. Toys help facilitate that. Nobody needs a tattoo. It is purely a luxury item.
I co slept with a newborn and a four year old. The key is to have a big enough bed. We had a queen with a twin next to it. My four year old was excited about his baby brother sleeping with us and daddy. It went baby, me, older son, husband. By a couple weeks old, I would sometimes sleep me, baby, older son, husband. But I kept my around baby. By a couple months old, I didn't worry at all about who slept where.
http://www.homedit.com/60-under-stairs-storage-ideas-for-small-spaces/. Good ideas here. I also would love drawers like this - http://inhabitat.com/a-brilliant-storage-idea-staircase-drawers/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/stairsfull.jpg
When some of my kids were younger they would have been happy to invite every kid they knew. I don't really like havign an enourmous party. I think it is okay to attend a birthday party (one were the entire class is invited, for example), and not invite that child to one's own party (where it is just 1 or two kids). As an adult, I have gone to parties where I don't reciprocate. A holiday open house, for example, versus a small dinner party I am hosting.
I would love to do away with gift giving at the holidays and just exchange birthday gifts. Gifts are a big part of what stresses me out about the holidays - the obligation to give a gift to every single family member plus teachers - etc.... It's a lot all at once. My sisters and I don't exchange birthday gifts, but we do Christmas. Lame. But there doesn't seem to be a way out of it.
Only on MDC. A tattoo is a luxury. No debate about that. When you have trouble making ends meet - you don't get luxuries. If someone was living hand - t- mouth withOUT government assistance, would anyone encourage her to get a tattoo? I doubt it. That would be seen as irresponsible. But when you are receiving aid, don't let anyone hold you back!