“Almost everyone is uncomfortable talking about money.” —Olivia Mellan
There are three things we have all heard you shouldn’t talk about: money, politics and religion. Most of our parents didn’t talk to us about money. And yet we’re supposed to grow up and know what we’re doing.
So what typically happens today is that people learn those lessons through their adulthood, and when they’re married they aren’t even equipped with a good vocabulary.
No matter where you are in your marital journey — money is always going to be a part of your relationship. You may have school loans (yours or your kids), credit cards, auto loans, life insurance, mortgages, rent, donations, retirement and more.
Most people have pent up emotions and difficulty having conversations about money. It’s not so much about how you handle finances: some couples divide and conquer handling the finances, some only have one spouse touch it. But regardless, both spouses need to understand what’s going on and have open and transparent conversations about it.
How you handle upcoming money conversations can be a place where you can have breakthrough with your spouse. Talking about money can actually grow your marriage. As one coaching couple shared years ago, “We realized that as we learned to talk about money we developed the skills to be able to talk about anything.”
Make it a point to start having those money conversations so that you can experience a deeper intimacy together.
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