Many Massachusetts parents claim the child tax credit to help offset the cost of raising children. Tax reform legislation enacted last year made changes to that credit. Here are some important things for taxpayers to know about the changes to the credit.
What working Massachusetts parent hasn't felt guilty about missing soccer games and piano recitals? When there are last-minute schedule changes at work or required travel to a client site, it's normal to worry that you're somehow permanently scarring your little one.
Whether or not they realize it, Massachusetts parents of only daughters may be harboring an unconscious bias.
$216,000. That's what a 4-year degree at a Massachusetts state college is estimated to cost in 2035, assuming tuition continues to increase at the current annual rate of six percent. Send your Massachusetts kid to a private institution instead, and you can expect to shell out as much as $484,000 ⏤ a number so outrageous that you'd be forgiven if, upon reading it, you decided to skip saving for your kid's education altogether. Why bother?
Since launching in 2010, Instagram has exploded in popularity. Today 35 percent of Americans use it, making it the third biggest social media platform, behind only Facebook and YouTube. Despite its prominence, research into Instagram's effect on users is still young. While sociologists and psychologists have picked apart Facebook's effect on its audience since the late 2000s and early 2010s, Instagram studies only started appearing in recent years.
Anyone who's been in any long-term relationship in Massachusetts knows the feeling of coming home and seeing that the garbage hasn't been taken out, the sink is piled up with dishes, the floor is littered with a week's worth of underwear. And, taking the sight in, it's all that person can do to hold themselves back and not blow up. But the blowing up isn't the issue. It's why these things make them want to blow up in the first place. After all, is dirty underwear really something to lose control over? Or does it speak to a larger issue that person might have with their partner?
A Massachusetts divorce is a classic excuse for prepubescent antics and teenage apathy. It's the prime mover of malfunction, the subject floundering twenty-somethings dig in on with their therapists. But not all "children of divorce" have the same experiences. Babies and toddlers of divorce don't have the opportunity to internalize marital strife. Divorced parents making it work becomes their status quo. As such, divorce has a very different effect on that specific population.
While they meant well, whoever said "It's not what you say, it's what you do that matters most" never had kids. Massachusetts kids learn a lot about how communication is supposed to work from observing you and your spouse interact with one another. If you're caustic? They'll be caustic. If you're angry? They'll probably be angry. If you use bad words, they'll use bad words. Of course, this also applies to less obvious territory: toss-away phrases you might say.
When the Massachusetts divorce dust settles, the papers are signed, and life returns to some semblance of normalcy, many fathers and mothers will begin to date again. And because the love bug is a vicious little creature, they'll find someone new. But when do you introduce this new love to your kids? As with all things divorce-related, the question is tricky. While it might be a touchy affair, there's a good way to go about it, according to family therapists. Done thoughtfully, not only will things be more comfortable, but you'll model for your kids how to be a functioning adult in a hectic emotional world.