The 7-year-old Who Supported Her Dad

Young girl loans money to her father

(This story is about a girl)

Here’s a twist on the usual theme of kids of any age who borrow from their parents.

Mei is an attractive, petite woman in her late twenties who works in the advertising department of a large retail store. A first generation American-born Asian, she told me about her regular loans to her father over the course of nearly her entire life.

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My Dad Borrowed $50,000 and Paid Me Back. Why Was It a Complete Disaster?

Borrow or Loan money from family

Here’s an unusual story: A woman lends a family member a boatload of money. He pays her back in full. With interest.

End of story, right?

Wrong. Read further.

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Would You Lie to Help Your Family Avoid Foreclosure?

Lie in a short sale to avoid foreclosure

Here’s a recent email I received from Linda in St. Louis (not her real name or homeland, of course):

I bought your book last month and have given it to a friend, who will share it with her sister. My best friend could have used it ten years ago. Amazing how many stories there are.

She shared her own tale and later we spoke at length about how her close family relationships were destroyed by money.

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