ere in the US people don't speak about money concerns. Yes, we may briefly comment on some aspect of our personal finances but the financial reality we face seems to be more private than all the over-sharing we do with the world. On social media we seem to be willing to share where we are, what we do, who we spend time with, or even the various thoughts flying through our head. Yet interestingly enough, in conducting therapy sessions with individuals, couples, and families the one theme we hear often has been concerns about how to handle finances.
Financial stability has an active role in the mental health of a person and family. If money concerns are a factor in your life are you able to recognize how your mental health is affected? Do you see how your relationships are touched by the financial worries or challenges you and your family face? What is the relationship to finances you are instilling in your significant other and children?
Financial concern can show itself in many ways:
Know how much money you have! Know your balance before you start spending. Make sure you always have enough money to cover the basic needs - like food and toiletries.
It’s the end of the summer we have one last chance for a family vacation before the school year begins again. Besides homework, activity schedules, after school events, and school itself it seems to become more and more difficult to connect with our kids and enjoy shared experiences. But what can we do to connect with our family and make memories that will last a lifetime? And how can we do that in a way that won’t break the bank?
Money may be tight but there are still many possibilities to have some family friendly fun before the drudgery of the school year drags everyone back into routine.
Here are some suggestions for some end of summer vacations the whole family can experience together:
Have any other suggestions we could add to the list? Share it in the comments below!
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