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THE M WORD: The Money Talk every Family Needs to have about Wealth and their Financial Future by Lori Sackler

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Does Anyone Really Have Control?

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines control as “the power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events.”

Most people like to have control. Whether it is about a small matter, such as deciding where to make reservations for dinner Saturday night, or a larger issue, like who will be directing mom and dad’s finances when they are unable to do so, the issue of control is always percolating under the surface in everyone’s mind. Who is in control? Should that person have control? Is he the best person to exercise control? The common, unambiguous human drive for one person to control another can wreak havoc in all relationships and in every dialogue. But no issues better demonstrate the influences ...

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