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How To Weather The Storm?

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posted on May, 20 2009 @ 08:23 PM
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I started this as not to derail a thread already posted by another member.

It came up in his post that there has been an increase in the number of men losing their jobs while women are losing their jobs at a much slower rate.

There are a lot of obvious reasons why this is happening and at some point this trend may change but right now many women that I know are being impacted by their husbands being out of work while they continue to work.

For many of them they took jobs just to bring in some extra income so that they could have more of the luxuries that life had to offer and to help contribute to their retirement.

Now with their husbands not working and the larger portion of their family income missing they have had to make drastic changes in the way that they live.

Not being shy about stepping up to the plate when the need arises many of these women are not complaining as much as you would think but their husbands are not as optimistic and it is causing a burden on their relationships and the marriage.

It is not easy for some men to accept their wives as the primary financial supporter of their home. Some of these men have started taking their frustrations and anger out on their wives and children. And I am willing to admit that there are some women out there that are behaving badly as well.

These are transitional times and things may be tough for a while so let’s think of some ways that families that are affected by this can weather the storm.


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posted on May, 20 2009 @ 08:33 PM
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Well for starters if this is happening to men they should lose their pride and realize that things change. There are still opportunities to make money even if it means taking a job that that person would not have taken before.

Invest wisely, keep cash on hand and don't get greedy.



posted on May, 20 2009 @ 08:44 PM
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Originally posted by Goldbugg8
Well for starters if this is happening to men they should lose their pride and realize that things change. There are still opportunities to make money even if it means taking a job that that person would not have taken before.

Invest wisely, keep cash on hand and don't get greedy.


Very good advice.

We are in a new phase of learning and some of the things that we have grown accustomed to will be coming in new packages.

I guess now is a good time to put to use some of the things we learned in kindergarten.

Sometimes going back to basics can be fun.



posted on May, 20 2009 @ 09:15 PM
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Men are losing thier Jobs because they are on average(Above Average) earn more than woman. As a business owner i would also cut a guy as it'll save me more money. Woman work as hard as guys(Unless its Physical work) so keep the woman, the work will still get done.





posted on May, 20 2009 @ 09:25 PM
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Originally posted by SharkBait
Men are losing thier Jobs because they are on average(Above Average) earn more than woman. As a business owner i would also cut a guy as it'll save me more money. Woman work as hard as guys(Unless its Physical work) so keep the woman, the work will still get done.




I agree.

Most businesses will let the senior and those higher on the pay scale go first; and since traditionally women have been on the lower segment of that tier they tend to keep their jobs longer.

I have to add that they usually work harder for that privilege with no compensation for the the extra effort..



posted on May, 20 2009 @ 09:57 PM
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I think it can be really difficult for us guys to swallow our pride sometimes. My wife recently lost her job and I've had the same one for nine years. I'm the senior guy on my staff, the director and get paid the most. I'm a little worried.

Resentments are the killer. I've found the only way to avoid them is good, honest communication. Unfulfilled and unrealistic expectations are a pain in the butt too and will ruin things if you don't get them out in the open. Sometimes you just have to hear yourself say something out loud to realize how silly it is.

I'm a guy. Communication is not my strong point. I expect my wife to be able to read my mind. She can't. So I have to make an effort.

I know that personally I will get wrapped up in worrying about the safety of my family, the bread on the table, the world situation, the job, etc. and sometimes be a silent jerk for a couple days. She knows me well enough that she will poke and prod until we get the conversation going. Once we've talked about it, things aren't so bad.

We take turns being the one that says 'no matter what, we will be ok.' We both need reassurance sometimes that the other is in it for the long haul and not going to bail when it gets too tough.

The 'Storm' as I would interpret it is just the crazy crap, all the material things, the bills, the worries. As long as your partner knows that you are absolutley committed to them and will do anything you can to make it, WITH THEM, then everything else matters a lot less. It's all just stuff and can dissappear in the blink of an eye.

It's sad, but I know a lot of couples won't make it together through this, but 'this' is not much different thananything else. Communication, selflessness, compassion, duty, faith....the basic necessities from a long, long time ago, are still what's needed today.

I may be a hopeless romantic, but i truly believe that love can weather ANY storm, if it's really love.



posted on May, 20 2009 @ 10:04 PM
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I think that you and your wife are on the right track.

We have become too wrapped up in the material. That stuff us is nothing but future landfill.

Maybe you are a romantic, but love, compassion and a new focus on the things that really count is a good foundation and a great place to start.

Keeping the romance and throwing out the junk (including the ego) puts you way ahead of the game.



posted on May, 21 2009 @ 11:38 AM
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It seems to me that men have a better knack for working and playing well together then women.

Some money saving techniques that they may be able to pull off that women don't always have such good luck with is time organization.

Saving money by organizing and coordinating the trips to work, school, malls. How many people that live on the same block leave their homes going to the same places every day?

How about bulk shopping trips. One trip, buy in bulk, split the groceries and split the profits.

Maybe even job sharing. Contract for the complete job and split up the hours to get the job done and everyone gets a piece of the pie. Not feasible for all jobs but some jobs especially manual labor this can work.

Just been brainstorming with my brother-in-law. He got canned and he works in the IT business so it shows none of us are immune.



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