Grandparents Who Are Raising Children Need More Support

Although the shelves in my home office are packed with books by financial experts offering really good advice, it was my grandmother, Big Mama, who taught me most of what I know about handling money.

And she did it while living below the poverty line. To this day, I marvel at how Big Mama raised five grandchildren on her tiny salary. Pride — and frustration with the welfare system — made her refuse monetary assistance from the state. At times we may not have had enough for seconds during meals, but we never went hungry. I got teased for the off-brand sneakers and clothes I wore, but it was more than I had before I went to live with my grandmother.

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