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Financial Friction and Families
Can money buy happiness?
By: Julie Ryan Evans
A recent study titled What do Women Want? released by Meredith Corporation and NBC Universal found that two-thirds (68%) of women cite “financial strain” as a major threat to the American Family — and a much bigger threat than “divorce” (48%), “loss of faith/spirituality” (47%), “liberal views on sex and sexuality” (32%), “both parents working” (28%), “unwed mothers” (21%) and “couples living together instead of getting married” (19%).
This isn’t any newsflash for anyone who has ever argued with her husband over money-and who hasn’t? While money isn’t everything, it certainly does provide much fodder for fights when it’s tight and provide more options to head them off when there’s more of it.
Say you want to go to book club and your husband got last minute tickets to a big game-who gets to go and who has to stay home with the kids? Well, if you have the cash, then it might be a babysitter. If you can’t pay a sitter, then you’ve got to battle it out …er, calmly discuss with the therapist you can’t afford and your nonexistent health insurance doesn’t cover.
Of course, if you do have the bucks to hire the babysitter/nanny, then there’s always the chance your husband might channel Robe Lowe and cheat on you with her…