More time with family and stronger relationships...that's what.
I recently saw a poll* showing that four times as many people said their relationships got better, rather than worse, due to the recent recession.
Apparently, cutting back on kids' extracurriculars, staying and eating in, and spending more time together has brought us closer. It has forced us to slow down, spend and expend less, and look inward and homeward for fulfillment and entertainment.
Hopefully we'll all be able to keep this perspective when things pick up - slowing down and really noticing each other shouldn't just be a "hard times" habit.*This poll is referenced in a recent
TIME Magazine article: "The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting." Interesting read...another post for another day.