Relationships are difficult, marriage can be even more complicated.
There are more pressures when it comes to marriage; money, babies, debt and a mortgage. Life can become stressful and things will begin to pile up on top of each other if you don’t face each hardship head on one by one.
Here are 3 hardships that many marriages experience and how to successfully and healthily overcome them.
For the everyday person, money is probably the number one stress in a family. When you start to have a mortgage and kids, financial struggles can snowball quite rapidly until you’re completely overwhelmed. However, you must remember that at the end of the day, money isn’t everything and you cannot allow it to control your relationship.
Get together with your partner and make a plan – a money plan. Set budgets for both you and your partner so you are held accountable with your own money. You should also get your children involved by having them keep their own savings in a money tin – teach them about the hardships of earning a dollar and they’ll thank you later.
If you’ve been in a particular job for over a decade and suddenly decide to change careers, don’t be surprised if this comes as a shock to your partner. Instead of shocking them, maybe keep them in the loop about your thoughts.
If you kept your partner in the loop and told them that you’re thinking of changing careers, when the time for it to actually happen, your partner won’t be as surprised. Instead, they’ll be a lot more supportive and give you hope in this new found venture.
When jobs get in the way of quality time, you should be open and communicative. Although it’s not encouraged for you to bring your work home, if it’s overwhelming you definitely should be able to open up to your partner.
This can be extremely tricky, especially if your idea of raising children is completely different from your partner’s. There needs to be compromisation and understanding from both sides.
When it comes to children, it’s difficult because your heart and soul is involved – you need to ensure that any arguments are done away from your children. To overcome this tricky hardship, you need to stick together as a team and strengthen that relationship before you tackle on your children. Don’t play good cop, bad cop, instead, you should both be as stern as each other so the child does not see a tear in the relationship – they’ll see that you’re together and no one will soften and give in. Stick together.