The Stress of the Holidays Can Test Even the Strongest of Marriages: What About When Money is Tight?

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New book, In Good Times And Bad, Helps Couples Strengthen Their Relationship During Tough Economic Times

In In Good Times and Bad, family therapist and counselor M. Gary Neuman and his wife, Melisa, lay out strategies and solutions for couples to maintain a healthy partnership while dealing with the stresses caused by money problems, job loss, health problems, and other difficult events. In Good Times and Bad offers practical advice on how to repair damage that has already been done and how to develop healthier communication around these issues.

Enjoying the holidays with less money than before:

  • Have an open discussion with your kids about the holidays now, in October
  • Discuss the fact that you're spending responsibly, what your approximate gift budget is and that you want to hear from your kids what they're expecting from the holidays
  • Help them get a sense of what they want--the goal of what the present offers them instead of just the present itself
  • Your kids will be comfortable knowing that they're helping out the family by acting responsibly with their gift wishes
  • Be aware of your own spending so your kids don't get the impression there's money for others (family, co-workers, friends) but not for them
  • Show less guilt and more love and appreciation of their understanding

In Good Times and Bad offers prescriptive action steps to show readers how to talk to one's partner and children about money and other problems without emotions or anger getting in the way.

About the Authors:
M. Gary Neuman is a licensed family counselor and rabbi. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Truth about Cheating, for which he appeared on "Oprah" twice, as well as the "Today" show and "The Early Show." Melisa Neuman has written an internationally distributed column, "Dollars and Sense", and has been married to M. Gary Neuman for over twenty years. They have five children.


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