Managing the financial expectations of relationships with friends, colleagues, parents, siblings, children, and romantic partners can be an ongoing quandary and balancing act. It is only one dilemma of economic security but it will not go away.
The natural tendency is to ignore this persistent dilemma or try to hide the open secret that will eventually be known to everyone important to you.
Unfortunately, failure to anticipate and address the expectations of others is fraught with potential hurt feelings, misunderstandings, mistrust, deceptions, disappointments, and resentments. In the end, ignoring “the situation” causes more of the problems in relationships. Problems you were trying to avoid in the first place.
For parents, perhaps the relevant question is how does growing up in an economically secure life effect your children’s capacity to have maintain long term relationships?
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