Exploring relationship roles and your expectations about how decision making and responsibilities will be shared is vital towards understanding each other's preferences for traditional or equalitarian roles in your relationship. Your career (equalitarian): A career can be equally important to both partners. Can you share why having a career is important to you? Do you … Continue reading Are you sharing decision making and leadership in your relationship? If this is an issue for you, you may need to explore relationship roles with your partner
Looking to having your financial situation in order isn't that sexy but it does assist in freeing up the mind and the left hand side of the brain to concentrate on other priorities in your relationship. Freeing your mind from the daily grind of managing your budget can do wonders for other areas of your … Continue reading Managing your finances well brings a sense of calm that can do wonders to your relationship
Marriage is perhaps the most complex and challenging of all human relationships. The joining of two people in a relationship which is intended to last a lifetime can involve great effort to develop and maintain. There are many benefits for those who make the commitment to marriage and manage to maintain a successful relationship. Happily … Continue reading Happily married couples tend to have better physical and emotional health, greater financial stability and more sexual satisfaction
Budgeting is simply the process of allocating expenses on a regular basis. A good #budget is simple, realistic and clear. It builds in some personal control for each family member. In creating a realistic budget, focus first on the most basic needs like food, housing and clothing. Second, focus on what you would like to … Continue reading What are your short-term and long-term financial goals?
A major finding of recent research into the effects of cohabitation on subsequent marital outcomes is the potential detrimental consequences of ‘sliding’ in relationships rather than ‘deciding’ – that is letting transition events ‘just happen’ rather than making a considered, unambiguous decision. A discussion for cohabiting couples is about what the couple agree a healthy … Continue reading Sliding v Deciding: Cohabitation and couple Finances
Many couples report finances as the biggest single problem in their relationship and others may report finances as a Growth Area. In either case, if neglected financial stress can increase and become a burden on the relationship. It is crucial to talk about this area and begin to put in place a budget, savings plan, … Continue reading Financial management: Understand your opinions about savings, debt, handling money, and making financial decisions
Money is a powerful word that conjures up a number of emotions, among them lust, envy, fear, anger, hope, scorn and disgust. Little wonder then, that the most common source of disagreement in families in Australia is money. In fact, 37 percent of all married couples indicate that the number one problem in their marriage … Continue reading The golden rule of budgeting: Spend less than you earn and save and invest the rest