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Festibond Date With Dad: Skye

As part of the Festibond tradition, I recently went on a date with my dad. It didn’t take a lot of planning to decide what we want to do. He and I share a love for watching hockey and it’s something we do seasonally. For one of our past Festibond dates, we went to see a Portland Pirates’ game. However, they no longer play in Maine so my dad suggested we go to a Boston Bruins’ game.

We booked a train to the city and tickets to the game. Dad picked me up early from school on Thursday to catch the 14:47 departure. The ride to Boston was mellow, but pleasant. I enjoyed conversing with Dad before napping and completed some homework considering we wouldn’t arrive home until early in the morning.

A train ride with Dad to Boston.

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Moving In: Skye

I’ve lived in Maine for most of my life and up until about two months ago, that’s been in the same apartment. I’d been craving a change for years. My dad has discussed moving with the family on many accounts, but it wasn’t until recently that he began to take action. We viewed three places in the span of two days in September with our amicable realtor, Michelle. The three home were all so different, it’s hard to compare them. However, it’s easy to say that the loft we viewed won our hearts by a wide margin and we proceeded to buy it. Moving was easy as we hired real professionals. Moving Again Backloading was so quick I could not believe they managed to load all out life into trucks within several hours.

A good day to close on a loft.
Getting stuff ready to be moved out of our former place.

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Family health looks at children’s health and well-being in the context of their family unit. It focuses on the family and how it shapes individual life and health.

To ensure that the analysis is appropriate, we conduct the analysis by classing children by the ages when they were born, or the dates their birth certificates were issued. We do this in a way that reflects when the children in the data set were born. Because the number of children was greater than the number of people available to conduct the analysis, there is a possibility that there may have been some under-reporting. In order to mitigate this, the analysis is conducted within the data on a quarterly basis from January to December. We have done our best to ensure that the data is consistent. However, in some cases, there is room for interpretation. For example, the analysis of the child poverty rate can be affected by changes in the composition of the population since the last quarter. If there is an increase in the proportion of children born to a single parent then the proportion of children living in relative poverty in the quarter may increase. Similarly, a change in the proportion of children with disabilities (e.g. autism) in the population may lead to an increase in the relative poverty rate. It would be unfair to ask one or more households not to be able to pay their child support if they can prove that their child is not in relative poverty and therefore not in a position to receive child support. As we have stated before, all the data are adjusted for other factors that may be related to child poverty. We also recognise that households that have additional children are also more likely to have income in arrears, so the data are adjusted for non-payments by this household. In addition, the relative poverty rate in the quarters can fluctuate over the course of the year, so it is possible that there are more households in a given quarter where the rate is low and the rate is high in the following quarter.

In 201213 the proportion of children living in relative poverty was 17.9 percent, which was similar to the 201115 proportion of 18.7 percent.

In 201213, the relative poverty rate for all children was higher for Indigenous people (18.7 percent) than for non-Indigenous people (17.0 percent). However, the relative poverty rate for non-Indigenous children was lower than the 201213 rate for Indigenous children (17.7 percent) for the first time since 200102. Indigenous children accounted for 31.4 percent of all children in poverty in 201213. This was the highest proportion since 1993, which was also the year the ABS began measuring Indigenous children in poverty. From 1993 to 2012 the proportion of children living in relative poverty fell by 19.7 percentage points (the equivalent of nearly two years for the entire period), from 29.8 percent in 1993 to 13.1 percent in 201213. While there were improvements in the relative poverty rate for Indigenous people, the rate for non-Indigenous people increased for the third year in a row, up 3.5 percentage points between 2011 and 201213.

The total percentage of children under 18 living in relative poverty fell from 43.4 percent to 36.6 percent between 1993 and 201213, while the proportion in absolute poverty rose from 31.1 percent to 38.5 percent (Table 5). Indigenous children are concentrated in relative poverty, whereas non-Indigenous children are concentrated in absolute poverty.

We can’t forget about the importance of taking good care of our kids, which is why it is always important to look up to professionals who can monitor our kids health, we highly recommend to read the North Raleigh Pediatrics ideas so that we gain more knowledge on how to handle our kids.

Festibond of 2014: Skye’s Point of View

The Danler family has been celebrating Festibond for eight years. Each year improves and I continue to enjoy every part of it. This whole tradition began in 2008 when our family wanted to create a tradition that celebrates the bonding and cherishment of family. Thus, Festibond was founded and we’ve been enjoying its pleasures ever since.

As everyone began to wake up, Mom matched their outfits with my own. She always tries to make us look presentable and match for the pictures on Festibond. This year’s outfit was pink shirts with a black or gray sweater over it.

Festibond family picture of 2014
Festibond family picture of 2014
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Festibond 2013 – Skye

In my opinion, Festibond was a great success this year. There were some things we could change, but overall, I’m glad we did a few things different. I loved Jenna’s idea of not spending Festibond at home: we ended up spending most of the time at a hotel. Like usual, I loved the idea of letters. I will always love that meaningful part.

The only thing I would change about Festibond is to plan ahead more. It seemed like we were rushing around trying to get stuff done and ready for Festibond. I would like to plan more activities next time, as well.

It was between 7:30 and 8:00 when I woke up. No one except Dad and I were awake. Slowly, everyone else woke up, and everyone was awake by 9:00. It was a very hectic morning trying to get dressed and putting all the food and clothes into bags to bring to the hotel where we were staying that night. It worried me that every moment, it was getting closer to being too late for breakfast. We left at around 10:00 and headed to the Marriott hotel in Portland. We brought two cars, because Dad had to leave earlier than us the next morning for work.
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Festibond 2013: My Date With Dad

Dad and I took awhile to decide what we were going to do for our Festibond date. Finally, we decided upon watching a Bob Marley comedy show after eating burgers at Five Guys. As it so happened, I had gone on my date with my mom that morning. After my date with Mom, she was going on her date with my little sister Hayley. She brought us both up to Portland, because she was going to see a movie with Hayley in Portland and she was going to drop me off at Dad’s office.

The Bob Marley show started at 19:00, but Mom’s movie with Hayley started at 16:30. She dropped me off at Dad’s work, and Dad worked while I played games and stuff on my computer. His office is nice, because he has his office in a large conference room with a TV and windows. I love hanging out with Dad at his work. I have done it many times before this date. Each time is enjoyable. Anyway, Dad and I left for Five Guys at around 17:30. The walk only took a few minutes and Dad and I talked about Jenna, abortions, and more that came into our minds. Continue reading Festibond 2013: My Date With Dad

Festibond 2013: My Date With Mom

As part of the Festibond tradition, Mom and Dad go on separate dates with each of us girls. It took awhile for me to decide what I wanted to do on my dates with Mom and Dad, but I finally decided that Mom and I should get manicures after going to breakfast. Mom scheduled an appointment with the Fabu salon in Portland.

We headed up to Portland early in the morning so that we could eat breakfast before our appointment. We were singing and dancing to her CDs the whole way up. For breakfast, we drove to Miss Portland Diner. I got the usual: scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, and home fries with hot chocolate. My mom got the Greek Omelet. We talked about various things and my mom tried making me laugh by copying all my moves and making faces. She loves to make me laugh.

Eating my breakfast at Miss Portland Diner.
Eating my breakfast at Miss Portland Diner.
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Festibond 2012: My Date With Mom

This is my family’s fifth year celebrating Festibond, a tradition we created to replace Christmas where we write letters to each other, snack, play games, and spend quality time with each other. One part of our tradition is for each of the three daughters to go on an individual date with both Mom and Dad. My first date was with my mom on Friday, December 14.

Mom picked me up from school when walkers and picker-upers were called so that we could be there early. The movie we were going to watch had just appeared in theaters and we were sure there would be a long line. When we got to the Grand Bistro Cinemagic, the line for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” consisted of two people. Mom and I sat for thirty minutes before they would let us into Auditorium 5, where the movie was playing. Only six people were there, including us. Throughout some of the movie, Mom would ask me questions about who was who. The ending was a disappointment because it was only halfway through the story. As soon as I saw the ending, I told Mom that I couldn’t wait to watch the sequel.

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Festibond 2012: My Date With Dad

Since we started discussing Festibond this year, I have been so excited about the dates that each of us girls have with Mom and Dad individually. With Mom, I went to the movies and to dinner. On Wednesday, Dad and I went on our Festibond date of 2012.

After Mom dropped me off at Dad’s office, Dad and I headed to his car and drove up to Otto’s Pizza. I ordered water as my drink, but rather than tap water, I received bottled water. Dad later explained to me that there was a water break in Portland, Maine, so the fountains and tap water were not necessarily safe to drink. I ordered mashed potato, bacon, and scallion pizza, the kind I always get when I go to Otto’s. Dad and I talked about my friends, family, and school. It was great bonding time.

Dad at Otto's Pizza
Dad at Otto’s Pizza
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