You'd likely do it anyway, but there's a bonus -- it may pave the way for a cash infusion from dear old dad down the road.
How so? It turns out fathers are more likely to respond to a request for cash from a son or daughter by dipping into his wallet right away.
Mom is more likely to open up a conversation about money and responsibility before snapping her checkbook open -- and there's no guarantee that will happen.
The data supporting this comes from Minneapolis-based Ameriprise Financial, who rolled out a study Tuesday on moms, dads and family money matters.
In it, Ameriprise researchers say both parents want to help their adult children experiencing cash flow problems, but they take dissimilar paths.
The survey says that, by 54% to 46%, boomer moms are more likely than dads to need to talk it over before cutting a check to an adult child. That's also true of the adult daughters surveyed -- they say they follow their mother's lead more than their brothers do when handling family financial issues.
"Women and men may be predisposed to help family members in different ways -- which can cause disagreements and add to family tension if plans aren't discussed upfront," explains Suzanna de Baca, vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise. "Couples may not always agree on the best way to support an adult child, but they can often reach a compromise if they simply take time to talk and consider each other's perspective."