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Explaining financial stress and turmoil in a marriage to your small children

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Explaining financial stress and turmoil in a marriage to your small children. Many couples are struggling right now during this economic crisis and it seems like there is no end in sight. I was raised in a very poor family and I remember the “money arguments” my parents used to have. It affected me as a child. Children at this age are more insightful than adults realize. They are very sensitive to seeing the main adults in their life upset or unhappy. They do not like marital discord and feel insecure when parents fight. Children are happiest when parents sit with them and discuss what the family is dealing with and how everyone can help. A child often times feel like they are too little to help with “big issues”. But, a wise family understands the importance of everyone feeling responsible in a family. A very young child can understand what is going on (in 6 year old language) and how he can help. He needs to be empowered by you and your wife asking him what he feels he can do without in order to cut costs. He also needs to be complimented on his ability to help. Mary Jo RapiniJoin Janet Powers and Mary Jo Rapini each Thursday at 12 noon EST EST for an honest and open conversation about life, relationships and and women's issues.

In line with the Diva Toolbox mission to inspire, educate and empower women with the information they need to succeed, Mary Jo's goal is to help women gain the freedom to be all they can be, and she hopes that all women will find the information we provide useful.

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