These days, my only active and very real financial concern is the one I carry for my family.
Over the past two years, I have given my mother $10,000.
Between the holiday seasons of 2014 and 2016, I made the dramatic jump from girlfriend to stepmom (with preteens) in a new (much larger) home.
The Atlantic interviews a man who runs a company that provides actors to play family members. For years.
And should I take on this responsibility?
She’s spent through her own savings and has been living on my financial support.
What are we going to do?
It isn’t easy for me to say no—or for them to hear it.
Money and success and stability weighed down on my grandpa for most of his life.
Or, how our parents’ experiences affect the way we handle money in relationships.
I’m in my mid-thirties now, married with two kids on a different continent, and her checks still appear in my dormant Australian account with regularity.
I was inheriting everything my parents had and, in the process, getting a crash course in the practical financial aspects of death.