News: Family Fundamentals

  1. mother and daughter sitting apart on a bench facing a body of water

    Family Fundamentals: Strain common between parents, adult children

    We are in our 50s and our only child is in her 30s. There’s a lot of tension in our relationship, and recently she seems to be avoiding almost all contact with us. Is there anything we can do to develop a closer relationship with her?  
  2. dollars and coins in jar labeled "Retirement"

    Family Fundamentals: MyRA can help jump start retirement savings

    I am approaching 30 and don’t have any retirement savings. I work retail and my job doesn’t offer a retirement plan. I don’t have much money to invest month to month, but I know I need to start doing something. Where do I start?  
  3. little girl looking pensive

    Family Fundamentals: No parent is perfect, but guidelines can help

    Now that our daughter is almost 4, she often doesn’t pay attention no matter what my wife and I say. We can’t tell if this is just a phase or if she will soon get completely out of control. What’s the best way to handle things?  
  4. tax return

    Family Fundamentals: Use your tax refund to pay off debt and save

    Normally when we get our tax refund, we end up spending most or all of it on something we’ve wanted for a long time but couldn’t afford. But over the past year, we’ve had some major unanticipated expenses. This year, should we use the refund to pay down our credit cards, or would it be better to build up our emergency fund?  
  5. Stay involved to help children with school

    Our oldest child started middle school last fall. She was struggling early in the year but didn’t want help, and we hoped she would get used to the new schedule and classes. She still seems unorganized and isn’t doing as well as she did in grade school. What can we do to help her over this bump?  
  6. piggy bank wrapped in Christmas lights

    Family Fundamentals: Be smart about holiday spending this season

    Every year, despite our best efforts, we end up spending way too much money during the holidays. Any ideas to rein it in this year?
  7. concerned child being pulled between parents

    Family Fundamentals: Things for divorcing parents to keep in mind

    Several of our children’s friends’ parents are divorced. Some of them seem to work through parenting issues easily, but others seem to have a lot of conflict. What’s the most important thing for parents to focus on as they separate and divorce?
  8. older adult in front of laptop feeling anxious

    Family Fundamentals: Program helps protect older adults from scams

    As my parents get older, I’m beginning to worry that they may be taken advantage of financially. What can we do to help protect them?
  9. children standing in line

    Family Fundamentals: Blended families need time, patience (August 2015)

    My husband and I married this summer. It’s a second marriage for both of us, and we each brought children into the family. Everything seemed fine until we combined households and school started — now, the kids are not getting along at all. What’s the best way to handle this?
  10. student with checkbook

    Family Fundamentals: Help student heading to college set a budget

    My son is starting college this year. I want to sit him down to help him learn how to set a budget, but he is resisting. How much should I press him?