The study also showed that most loans come from parents: About 76 percent of men reported borrowing from their parents, compared with 63 percent of women. (Coming in a distant second, at about 10 percent for both sexes: borrowing from a sibling.)
Even when it’s your child, experts say, you need to make sure you can afford to lose the money.
“Don’t go into debt to finance your child’s debt,” said Brian Karimzad, vice president of research at LendingTree.
It’s also important to make a tough-love evaluation of whether the loan is needed, Keeler said. While some situations are justified, other times it’s the child’s own actions that set the stage for financial woes.
“Sometimes it’s tough to say no, but it’s the right thing to do,” said Keeler. “Maybe the person needs to make better lifestyle choices.
“If they have poor financial habits, you shouldn’t enable it.”