By Michael Kay via Iris.xyz
We all grow up with beliefs about money. These beliefs are ingrained in us whether we like it or not; whether they support or constrain us. Whatever your money outlook may be, talking about money with your spouse or partner can be difficult. It is too easy to fall into a trap ranging from disengagement to outright verbal assault. The mere idea of talking about money and communicating our desires sometimes feels impossible.
The question is: How can you hold a productive and respectable money conversation that feels like a step in the right direction?
In a recent meeting, I heard the following:
Pete: “I am trying to pay off our debt and Karen just doesn’t stop spending money!”
Karen: “We could afford some of those extras if you weren’t so cheap!”
Pete: “I am trying to be responsible.”
Karen: “Are you calling me irresponsible?”
Most of this fostered an even greater divide between them, which tends to happen with this type of conversation.
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