Last week I discussed the third step in Cheryl Richardson’s book “Take Time for Your Life”. This week I will be looking at Step 4. The content in this chapter is highly specialized and applying it to how we can help ourselves become better parents or the parents we want to be is one I do not believe to be in my remit as a Parenting Advisor! I will however, share with you what I took away from it.

Step 4:

“If you feel trapped by money, investing in your financial health will stop making you feel like a victim.”

It is interesting to note that in Richardson’s work as a coach, she claims that a lack of financial reserves is the biggest obstacle to her clients living the lives they most want. She is convinced that once you take full responsibility for your financial health, money stops being a source of frustration and starts to flow into your life naturally.

Having read this chapter, I feel that Richardson makes some very valid points and gives sound advice for gaining clarity on financial health. This ties into the previous chapter where she talked about the things in our lives that can be an enormous drain on one’s energy. It sounds like money is one that many of us should perhaps pay more attention to and as she states: “we need to work out ways to plug this financial drain”.

Having read the first three chapters in this book, we now know just how important it is to prioritize things that are of value to us, to make time for those things and to try to prevent things that we know drain us from draining our energy stores further. Whichever way we cut it, money is a big one and we should devote time and energy to it. If we are to believe Richardson, it can only serve us positively. I’ll leave you with some questions:

  • How do issues surrounding money make you feel?
  • Do you feel in control of your financial health?
  • How does it affect you now you are a parent compared with before you were a parent?
  • Do you take more time for it now because you are now a parent?
  • Do you find money issues hang over you like a dark cloud and influences you negatively in your parenting? If so, I would highly recommend that you read this chapter in its entirety.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Partnering you


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