Transparency and communication is super important when it comes to money. My brother and I had a bad experience after my mother died--a family member had to be subpoenaed (sp?) to give us items he had taken that were left to us in her will. Ever since then, we have unfortunately learned to be wary when it comes to things like inheritances. So I say get everything in writing, absolutely assert yourself to find out what is due to you, find out what is going on, etc. Trust but verify!
Based on this I don't understand how people who want to have kids and also be professionals do it without already having a lot of financial resources. My first thought was "why did they have two kids, jeez," but of course a lot of people want to have kids while they are younger, understandably! I never wanted to have kids so that is a huge financial drain off my back. I am impressed with anyone who can successfully balance all that stuff.
What if it got cold? No jackets? I realize I can overpack, but yikes. At least I'd have to have a carry-on.
My dad is in a terrible financial place, but his life choices brought him there. Plus he barely helped support me and my brother after my parents divorced--my mother said child support was a joke, and I certainly never got much from him directly. So no, I don't feel a lot of responsibility for helping him. If I were rich, maybe. And don't all the financial planners tell you to make sure you take care of your own retirement first before helping others? Otherwise you might be in the same spot.
I'm actually moving spots because we hired more people, and since I have been working at this place way longer than everyone else on my team, I made a HUGE deal about continuing to sit by a window, i.e., not with my back to the hall where people walk by all the time. I'm a writer and it's distracting. Not to mention that after working for 20 years I feel I've earned the right to look at Facebook whenever I want as long as I get my work done.
I so wish I could take public transportation to my office, but there are no options that wouldn't double my already one-hour drive each way. And I'm not up for biking 40 miles/4 hours a day every day in dangerous traffic. I get to work from home one day a week at least. And I don't drive on the weekends at all if I can help it.
What about focus groups? Of course she would have to qualify, but it sounds like she's in the primo target market for most things.
I know, right? Unless they are on a more European schedule where she gets a couple hours off for lunch.
Does anyone else lie awake at night gnashing their teeth thinking about how their male colleagues of equal skill and experience probably make more than them, and trying not to think of how much that adds up to year after year?