This video provides instructions for going through the steps of this course and illustrates how to do the accompanying exercises.
- To be successful with this course, I recommend watching it together with your partner. After each section, take some time to talk about what resonated with you. One of the things that we'll practice in this course is positive communication. So, let me give you a couple of sneak preview tips. Keep your reflections personal. Even if what your spouse is saying seems completely shocking or off the wall to you, don't dispute it. Clarifying questions are okay, but not cross-examination. Any time the discussion starts to get heated or you begin to argue, agree to pause the conversation.
Remember, the fighting is familiar. We're trying to do something new. It's okay to just put a pin in the discussion and come back to it at another time. If you're not able to watch together, try to at least keep up with each other's progress and have discussions after each section. And one note about the scope of this course. We're going to focus on how money in particular can be a place where even loving and committed couples can be out of sync. While I believe working on any aspect of your relationship can have benefits across the board, it's not the purpose of our work here to explore broader relationship themes.
We're here to talk about making money work better, and that's what we're going to do. Let's begin.
In this course, financial therapist Amanda Clayman shows how to tackle the financial difficulties that often sour partnerships by walking through how to create and follow a family cash flow plan. Using her five pillars of financial harmony as a guide, Amanda explains how to construct a plan that engages all family members in its implementation. Looking at money management as a system designed to meet your specific needs, she highlights common financial conflicts and shows how to create a healthy, sustainable plan. She explains how to establish ground rules for communicating effectively, prioritize each partner's "asks," assign money management roles suited to each partner's strengths, and bring it all together into a working plan.
- Why couples fight about money
- Exploring values
- Communicating effectively
- Being clear and concrete
- Negotiating successfully
- Assigning roles suited to each partner's strength
- Setting up a routine
- Creating your family cash flow plan
- Dealing with dilemmas
- Making changes
- Engaging children in your family's cash flow management process