Families: Family Finances: Parental Aid

Moms and dads to the rescue of this year's grads

So your kids have made it through college. That leaves you with a little money to spend on yourself, right? Not yet. What parents are discovering is that in a wobbly economy, the kids don't quite leave the financial nest. Sandy Nelson, 57, an elementary school teacher, thought her daughter Annalise could have her pick of well-paying positions in consulting firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young. But the senior at Harvard, set to graduate this June with a 3.75 grade-point average, is waiting out the tough economy by moving to France in August to teach English part time and try...

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