Some parents think financial support ends for a child after their student graduates and lands their first job. Expendable income, retirement plans, paying off old loans, what to do with the extra income are things happily considered.
That is, until their son or daughter calls, asking for someone to help co-sign on a new loan or help with a hefty down payment to qualify for a commuter car.
Sadly, forgetting to develop credit while in college is a common misstep among college students who are completely immersed in academic life and the college social scene. And while there's nothing wrong with that, this makes for a tricky transition after college.