How to Establish Financial Independence (with Some Help from Mom and Dad)

If you're lucky enough to have parents helping you financially, be sure their generosity doesn't stop you from becoming independent

Not only is it difficult for us twentysomethings to wholeheartedly embrace adulthood, it's often also a challenge for our parents to let us go. Baby-boomer parents are generally known for mollycoddling their children, even after we move out of the house and into our own adult lives. Some parents have shown up for their kids' job interviews, and others have called up human resource departments at their adult kids' workplaces to complain about bad performance reviews or to negotiate salaries on behalf of their children.

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Amanda Lilly
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