Did you know that a couple bringing in about $60,000 per year will spend $8 -10,000 on a baby the first year and early years thereafter? Those making six figures are looking at $24,000. Due to economic straits it’s no wonder that Millennials are pushing back baby making, not to mention home and car buying, according to The Atlantic‘s Jordan Weissman. Weissman, who provided the above stats, chatted with Patt Morrison this morning on KPCC about this very real issue, and how it only hampers economic revival – - diaper and pregnancy test companies have recorded taking hits! Are you prolonging car buying, home buying and baby making, too?
Read on about the story here: http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2012/08/30/28187/millennial-babies-generation-y-recession-american/
Here are some Relationship Dos and Don’ts that I just had to share, culled from a recent study published in the Journal of Family Psychology and covered by The Atlantic. The study peered into couples who reported marriage satisfaction in the first four years – and then those whose relationships subsequently dissolved – to glean some keen observations about relationship success.
1. DO find happiness with your own life first! “…having more life satisfaction increased one’s odds for a happy marriage,” the article points out. The writer continues that life satisfaction can also “predict” a happy marriage.
2. DO communicate. This is a common thread throughout almost all of my posts. Proper communication is vital.
3. DON’T blame, invalidate, be pessimistic or discourage. The article states: “…the couples who went on to divorce were more likely to use blame and invalidation in their communication efforts. They were more likely to discourage a spouse from expressing his or her feelings, and to display “inappropriate pessimism.” Husbands who were more verbally aggressive early on were also more likely to be part of couples who went on to divorce later.”
Read the full article here:
Now start practicing!
Lots of <3,