Are you unnerved by the current stock market’s dramatic volatility, with its wild swings down and up? If you’re feeling anxious about how the national and global economic unrest will affect your personal and family finances, you’re not alone. You may be rethinking how you will handle your planned retirement, your kids’ college educations, supporting your needy parents, even your day-to-day expenses. While we here at Nourishing Relationships and Her Mentor Center are not financial experts, we do have some coping tips that can help you deal with the emotional overload you may be experiencing. In support of our readers – baby boomers, gen X’ers or others – we are now giving you a gift of our ebook, Taking Control of Stress in a Financial Storm: Practical Strategies and Resources for Success free of charge for a limited time.
When you download our free ebook, you’ll find practical tips for reducing stress, getting some control over your expenses, understanding the role financial instability plays in your marriage, creating new ways of flexible family living within this turbulent economy and investing in your own physical and emotional well-being.
And if you’re a part of the Sandwich Generation – caring for growing children and aging parents – we’ve found a website that sells some helpful tools. It’s called asaneapproach.com and we’d like to share it with you.
You’ve often heard us talk here at Nourishing Relationships about the importance of creating a written contract when your family is dealing with difficult issues – a teenager’s rights and responsibilities, a boomerang kid’s privileges and duties, your sibling’s roles vis-à-vis aging parents. It’s important to clarify expectations on both sides and deal with boundary complexities so they don’t sabotage your family relationships.
A Sane Approach offers agreements you can modify to fit the specifics of your family; there are two that may be particularly useful to you in the coming months. In response to the economic downturn, if you’re expecting a boomerang kid, their downloadable contract for an adult child moving home can be used to organize the policies you’ve agreed to implement. Or if you’re caring for an elderly parent, their document can help you and your siblings determine exactly how you will share obligations and decision-making.
We hope you’ll get some help in keeping your balance in the midst of this financial turmoil and download our free ebook, Taking Control of Stress in a Financial Storm: Practical Strategies and Resources for Success. Let us know how these tips work for you.