Father’s Day is so special, I’m thinking of my dad at the same time I am thinking about my son who is a dad. How different they are from each other. Although my dad passed on several years ago, I still remember the way he was. When my dad passed away, he did so suddenly, leaving my mom in a mess of financial headaches. Dad was born in 1915, so he grew up with his formative years during the great depression, and then went through both the Second World War and the Korean Conflict. Dad didn’t have time to think about money, so mom was left with paying the bills. Even so, there were no savings, bonds, or investments to handle those end of life expenses. Mom only knew about writing checks…not about saving for the future.
Consequently, my own son who is 42 and has two children, has thought long and hard about these issues. In fact, he has already arranged for my burial plot! LOL! But he learned the value of saving, of putting something aside for the future, and hopefully your children do as well.
We have been discussing the importance of parents talking to children about money, but it’s just as important for adult children to engage their parents in this discussion. If your parents, or a single parent, are entering their golden years, it may be time for you to have that conversation about money. He/she may have debt that needs disposition. But even more frequently, our precious elders are prey in an ever increasing game of money. You want to talk about lots of things with him/her, including:
If your loved one has ongoing debt left over from previous situations, help them decide upon a course of action and run with that. Doing nothing does not help the situation, and your loved one will be harassed by creditors which can cause health and mental problems for them.
Your loved one may not wish to have this credit and debt conversation. You must be patient, but firm. It needs to be done for the long term health of your relationship with them, and with your own immediate family. Submitted by Carole Carlson.
Call us soon to help you make choices for your loved ones, and deal with any credit or debt issues that are lingering.
Happy Fathers Day! Donna Perkins, President