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A client says to me, “My husband and I argue about money constantly. It has gotten to where, when he comes in the room, I just freeze up and think, What is he going to say today? It is killing our marriage. All he wants to do is work on our budget, chat about the schedule, talk about kids, my sister’s stupidity, or his crazy mother’s new husband, who is going to ruin Mom’s finances.“But she is not crazy, and the guy is a good guy — a bit flashy for me, but his mom loves him. My husband obsesses about our kids’ school work and why I bought flowers. He then wants to work on our marriage, as he calls it. Work? He wants to figure out how we can communicate better and if we can ever retire. I am so weary of always working on stuff — gosh, if we had a million dollars, maybe that would help. Shoot, I don’t even know how to make this into a question.”I ask, “Are you happy?”She answers, “Actually, you know, despite all this stuff, I feel blessed. We have a home, and the kids are not addicted to drugs and are doing well in school. But I feel like I am losing my connection to my husband.”“Is he happy?”“I ask him t …

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland resides in Michigan with his four youngest kids, ages 5 to 10. He and his wife, Amy, try to be an example of Parenting for a Peaceful world, in which democracy begins at home.


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