Son makes more money
My in-laws assume their son makes more money than I do. It's not true!
We met when I was working there my first year out of college. He stayed in academia and I moved on to the biopharmaceutical industry; I'm now head of manufacturing at a small company.
But if you're a parent, a more compelling question may be: "What can I do to make sure my kids succeed in life?
My in-laws believe that Bill's Ph. We never felt the need to correct them, but my mother-in-law has been a royal pain about me working ever since I had my daughter, 'Sara,' two years ago.
How Money Makes Money
I recently got an earful about how I'm neglecting my daughter, how I don't need to work with Bill's salary and so on. I usually let this go since I'd work whether we needed the money or not, but I'd had a miserable, stressful couple of weeks and I snapped and told her to talk to her son, since I'm the main breadwinner and he son makes more money be the one to stay home.
Of course she doesn't believe I make more money since I 'only' have my master's, and she told Bill I was telling lies about him. Bill is now ticked off at me because he says his dad would be 'devastated' to know that I out-earn him.
Should I go along with what my husband wants and tell my mother-in-law I made a mistake, and of course Bill makes more money? If I do this Bill has promised to get her to lay off me, but the truth caused all this trouble — will a lie fix it?