In a perfect world, we'd all have enough money to survive and wouldn't have to worry about pinching pennies and making ends meet.
In a perfect world, no one would have to worry about whether their aging parent has a comfortable place to live, even after a messy divorce from their life-long partner.
But sadly, that's not the world we live in, and family finances is one of the biggest and most persistent stressors.
AITA for cutting my mom's allowance to pay for daycare when she couldn't babysit for me?
Last year my husband (35M) and I (34F) had our first (and last) child. We were fortunate enough to be able to stay at home with him for almost a year by staggering our parental leave and vacations.
But now that time has run out and we must return to work. I asked my mother (56F) if she would be available to watch him during the week and she said no. Fair enough. That's her prerogative.