In my family, mom was always the one you ran to when you cut your finger, or when someone hurt your feelings. Dad was always the one who checked grades, who we practiced sports with, and went to the beach with in the summer. Dad was always the one I called when I needed some extra money. Mom was the one I called when my heart was broken, or when I was feeling down. These roles are not mom or dad specific, just how they ended up in my family. Too often does one assume that the nurturing parent is always the mother, and the father is always the strong assertive type that manages the money and makes most of the major decisions. My parents operated as a unit. Every decision made by one was not made without checking with the other.