Parents and Money

The following post is from Melissa Batai Grace was enjoying retirement and living alone when her adult child, Kathy, and her husband and two children found out they would have to leave the rented house they had lived in for years because the owner was selling and moving out of state.  Kathy and her family […]

The following post is from Melissa Batai When I graduated from college, I moved back in with my mom for 2.5 years.  During that time, I worked a fairly low paying job (getting a good paying job with an English B.A. is difficult!) and put any and all extra money onto my student loans.  I […]

The following post is from Melissa Batai Father’s Day.  A time to show dad how much you appreciate him and all he does for the kids and your family.  Unfortunately, most people shower dads with cheesy gifts that they really don’t want.  (Just being honest here!)  You know the gifts—ties, mugs that the kids have […]

Parents Paying for Engagement Ring?

by TTMK on September 5, 2015 · 1 comment

When it comes to marriage proposals, the ring is a big part of it. Traditionally, the guy saves up a significant sum of money, and uses it to purchase a ring for the girl who he hopes will say “Yes!” and become his fiancée. Now, of course it’s the commitment between the two people, their […]

The following letter is from a reader who is sharing her story anonymously.  Please feel free to share your (kind) thoughts and advice in the comments below Here is my story… I’m Hispanic and first generation Mexican-American.  My parents immigrated separately from Mexico, met here in the US and had a family.  We grew up in […]

When it comes to money and parents, communication is often different than it might be in other circumstances.  Money can be a topic shrouded in secrecy, either on purpose or when individuals are  held back by feeling uncomfortable talking about the subject.  Sometimes, people just don’t communicate about important things in general, and financial discussions (or the lack thereof) are simply a byproduct […]

Help a Reader: Support the Mother In-Law?

by TTMK on February 24, 2014 · 5 comments

The following is a story submitted by an anonymous reader. If you would like to share your story and ask the readers for their opinion, please contact me.  The best ways are either the Contact Us page or the Submit Your Story page, both of which are in the menu below the blog header. I need your […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai When my aunt’s mother, Ida, reached her nineties, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Though Ida had four kids, it was my aunt who moved Ida in with her family and cared for her for two years until she passed away.  While another sibling did help, the […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai “Jessica” (not her real name), was best friends with my cousin, Patty, throughout high school.  By the end of high school, Jessica was essentially living with Patty and her family. You see, Jessica didn’t have the best family life.  She was the oldest of 5 children, […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai In the last two decades, weddings have gotten as bloated as McDonald’s super size meals.  Weddings used to be a simple affair where the couple got married and had a quiet reception at the bride or groom’s parents’ house.  The cost was minimal, and the event […]