finances 

Is the Recession a Great Form of Birth Control?

The state of the economy is prompting couples to hold off on having kids. Credit: Getty Images
Money troubles aren't sexy, and some experts suspect that may be the reason the U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row. The Los An...

Quebec Government Will Fund IVF Treatments

For people struggling with infertility issues, the stress and emotional upheaval can be overwhelming. When you add to that the financial burden of fertility treatments, which can run to tens of thousands of dollars, the dream of a family might seem o...

The Cost of Raising a Child in 2010

Child care costs can top $200,000 over a lifetime. Credit: sleepyneko, Flickr
Before you forge ahead with your family planning, you might want to take note that the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the lifetime cost of raising a child is ...

I Can't Afford My Daughter's Playdates

Dear AdviceMama: My 6-year-old daughter is very well liked and is asked to a lot of playdates. We live in a relatively affluent community, but personally, my husband and I struggle financially. There are several stay-at-home moms who often want ...

Families Cope With Financial Burdens of Austism

The cost of raising an autistic child contributes to parents' stress. Credit: AMagill, Flickr
Parents whose children are diagnosed with autism suffer more than just the emotional burdens of dealing with the condition -- they also face severe fina...

Mom Will Help You Get Into College, But Won't Help You Pay For It, Says a New Poll

Moms are less likely than dads to have a financial plan for their children's college educations. Credit: AMagill, Flickr
They say a mother's work is never done, but one survey says mothers are falling down on the job of saving for the kids' col...

Kids More Stressed Out Than Ever Before, Survey Shows

Kids are more stressed out than they were last year, and they take their cues from their parents. Credit: BrittneyBush, Flickr
Kids are more stressed out than ever, and their worries include family financial troubles, body image issues and getti...

Midwestern moms more likely to go back to work

Sandy recently told us about a new Census Bureau report that found that, not only are women waiting longer to have children, many are choosing not to have children at all. That same report turned up another interesting piece of information: Midwester...

The best Father's Day presents are FREE!

Lately it seems a lot of pressure has been placed on getting presents for each other for pretty much every holiday that comes around in a year. I don't know if it's the economy, the effect of its sluggishness on me, or some sort of pregnancy hormone ...

Millionaire mommy next door

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to parenting, and viewpoints on everything from breastfeeding to circumcision to daycare can spark fierce, sometimes vicious debate. One thing that every parent agrees on: children cost an awful lot of money. Be...

Tax breaks for Italian guys who move out of mom and dad's house

Is your kid still living at home, even though they're 30-years-old? If you've been trying to figure out how nudge them out the door, you might consider moving to Italy. I know, it sounds strange, but the number of adults living at home with their pa...

Angelina: 'Brad knows there are times he should be quiet and look pretty'

Ah, finances -- the topic most-loved by every family! While discussions about your mortgage, school fees, car payments, and old student loans may have sent you and your spouse to marriage counseling -- never fear, even celebrity couples bicker about ...

List of America's most expensive colleges

It won't be long until high school seniors start hearing about whether or not the colleges of their dreams have accepted them. Soon, there will be the excited screeches coming from teenagers while their parents put their heads in their hands and try ...

Paying for your kids...forever

How long before you'll be financially independent of your kids? When they finish high school? College? A recent poll found that most parents currently in their twenties think they'll be done supporting their kids by the time they (the parents) are 50...

What is the price tag on a divorce?

The other day I met a woman who is very unhappy in her marriage. She and her husband have been married for 14 years and have two sons, ages 11 and 6. He is a very successful business man, she stays home with the kids; she left her job as a trial lawy...

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