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Why it is important for a husband to communicate his financial situation to the wife

06 October 2016, 16:06 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - I was talking to a particular man on the phone but it was that thing that men do. You send a message and he does not reply or he chooses what to reply to and ignore the rest.

So we had a sort of disagreement and he asks me why I am overreacting. I told him he has poor communication skills and when he does not tell me what I need to know I make up my own answers in my head- which don’t favour him.

What does this have to do with men and their financial situation with regard to their wives? As a man, when you do not tell your wife what you are up to with money, she makes up her own answers in her head. They are answers that do not favour you.

At times your wife does not know you actually do not have the money when she asks you for something

She will think you would rather spend it on your ‘boys’ or she will make up a girlfriend that you would rather spend it on or she will come up with a child she does not know about that you do not have but will make sense to her.

Maybe she has seen your pay slip and she wants you to buy her something then you tell her you do not have money. She will think you do not appreciate her enough to want to spend on her. That will make her a very uncomfortable company for you even though you might not have done anything other than maybe invest or save. If it is ten thousand you are left with in your account and not the forty thousand she is thinking; you need to tell her that. But she will ask where the rest has gone though.

She needs to know if you have a budget

For the smart men, there are some who spend their whole salary on one weekend. We are talking about a man that actually plans and knows what goes where. That will make sense to her. She needs to know your budget not the budget you give her. There is a difference because even if you give her all expenses covered for the whole month she will still find something t ask you for. The best is when you tell her, ‘This month I only intend to spend this, you can have this and the rest is here.’ If on the other hand you just hand her hers she will have an imaginary place in her head as to where the rest you have not indicated has gone to.

If you have a reason why she will be having less dates and nights out or gifts, tell her from the beginning

Maybe you want to save more or have a business in mind. Don’t wait for her to ask you why you no longer do something for her. This is where imaginary girlfriends come in. You have to let her know that you are trying to set something up.

Communication is what affects every part of any healthy or unhealthy relationship. Poor communication leads to misunderstanding and disagreements.




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