April 15, 2024

Bucks Blog: Measuring the Achievements of Adults Who Don’t Get Family Financial Help

In this weekend’s Your Money column, I take a look at a group of haves and have-nots we don’t focus on very often: adults who get financial help from their parents and those who do not.

There are many gradations of help here. For some of you, it may be a bit of money or a spare bedroom when you’re between jobs or have just finished graduate school. For others, it may come in the form of covering college costs, down payment assistance or paying for camp or private school for grandchildren.

After writing about the topic this week — and considering Mitt Romney’s insistence that he has inherited nothing — I’ll never look at a résumé or measure someone’s career accomplishments in the same way.

So if you’re someone who has made it with no help at all, do you make a point of saying so to job interviewers and others? And if you’ve had plenty of help along the way, do you think you deserve less credit for accomplishing whatever it is you have achieved?

Article source: http://bucks.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/21/measuring-the-achievements-of-adults-who-dont-get-family-financial-help/?partner=rss&emc=rss