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Top 8 Reasons Why Family Gatherings Are A Good Time To Discuss Finances

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Family gatherings are a great way to spend some quality time together, whether you live under the same roof or miles apart. These bring you closer to your kids or your parents, and help in maintaining healthy relationships between all members. Such unions are usually characterized by joyous moments, laughter, games and definitely a lot of talks on almost every aspect.

While many people consider that only good things should be shared and healthy topics should be discussed at family unions, quite a few people might disagree with them.  It is true that the basic idea of a reunion is to create memories to be cherished later on. However, reunions can also be used to discuss problems and troubles.

Family gatherings are a great chance to confide in your family members about what you cannot over the phone, especially if you live at a distance. Even if you live in one house, people normally do not spend much time daily together because everyone is busy with work or studies.

If you are going through problems of any sort, do take this opportunity to share it with your loved ones. They might not be able to help you, but by just talking about it, the burden will be off your shoulders. You will feel really relived afterwards.

This is especially true if you are going through financial crisis, and have accumulated debts. Your family member can offer you effective solutions or tell you about any programs or avenues they may have used when going through a tough financial path.

Reasons for Discussing Financial Problems

Here are some reasons why you should discuss finances at family gatherings whether they are with the kids or parents.

  1. Your family members might be able to offer you effective solutions. They might know of someone who has been through similar problems, and can guide you on solving them. Eventually, you will get rid of them.
  2. After sharing, troubles seem to mitigate, even if they seem really large in the beginning.
  3. If your family has the resources, then they might help you in overcoming your financial troubles by lending you a substantial amount of money. You can easily meet your daily expenses with this.
  4. You might be out of job. Nowadays, recession is growing and there is a major lack of employment opportunities in the country.  If any of your family members is employed at a higher position, and has contacts, he can at least arrange interviews for you.
  5. Your family can help you in signing up for a debt and loan management program at a reputed company.
  6. If your family members earn a respectable amount of money monthly, they can lend you money on an interest free basis. You would not even have to worry about when to make the payments.
  7. Your kids will come to know of the troubles, and will not spend money lavishly on not needed items.
  8. If your kids are grown up, they will realize that you need them right now. Most of them will probably engage in a part time employment, and will help you in meeting your expenses. Even if they cannot do that, they will not be asking you for a lot of pocket money anymore.

Getting it Done

Many of you might be wondering how to start such a pressing issue in a light environment. So here are a few tips to help you with it.

  1. Let your family have fun first. Once all that is over, you can state that you are having problems, and need their advice on solving them.
  2. Your kids and parents will be alert, and you will get their full attention.
  3. Start by telling them how the crisis began, and how you could not avoid them at that time.
  4. Tell them the extent of your troubles, and all that you have done to solve them.

Your family members will probably give you valuable advice because almost everyone has been through financially tough times. Heed to their advice, and your troubles will be dealt with.

Author Bio: AJ is an employer at a financial organization, and knows effective solutions for solving money problems. Using any debt consolidation program can help manage any debt issues that have developed.

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  1. December 26, 2012 at 11:06 am — Reply

    I am not a huge fan of talking with family about money. I feel like it can lead to a sticky situation.

  2. December 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    In my own subtle way, I always try to use family gatherings to get people to open up about their money and/or financial problems. The trick is never to force it!

  3. December 27, 2012 at 6:34 am — Reply

    Sometimes it is really helpful to just get it off your chest even if no one is able to offer any sage advice.

    I find people tend to talk to me because they know that I know a lot about finances.

  4. December 27, 2012 at 8:23 am — Reply

    It really is a good time for all of the reasons that you pointed out. I work in a mortuary and we are always really busy with prearrangements right after Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  5. December 27, 2012 at 10:33 am — Reply

    I don’t mind bringing up these sorts of things because I know that we might be able to help guide some of our family members that are struggling with money. Since we haven’t really struggled with money (along the lines that most people struggle), I try to lead by example for my friends/family. That being the case, if I bring up finances it makes it less awkward for the family member that is struggling with money as they don’t have to be the one to admit their problems in front of the whole family.

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