Kristen - posted on 06/18/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )
So here's the situation: My MIL asked my husband for my son's social security number. She didn't explain why, just asked for it. I really don't get along with the woman anyway, so this made me really uncomfortable. After a day or so of thinking about it I realized she might want it for a bond or bank acct. I found out that she wanted to open a bank account under my son's name which I assume would eventually be given to him. And while I think its sweet to think of a way to help with future college or financial needs, it still makes me really uncomfortable. I have already opened a bank account for him (he was probably 6 months old when I opened it and realtives were sending money and I felt guilty spending it so I socked it away in his bank account) so I told her that I appreciated the thought but I already have a bank account open and would be happy to put any monies in there that she wanted sent his way. Of course she was not very happy about this. She didn't say much then but I'm sure I'll hear about it later...My question: would you give your child SSN to a relative? I wouldn't even give it to my parents who I get along with so its not like one side is favored over the other in this situation.