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Providing for a family is something that is amazing, but can also be extremely stressful if you do not take the right steps to a secure future. It can be a little confusing on where to start, or maybe you do know where to start, you just do not know how to accomplish those goals.
Here are five areas to improve that will help you better provide for your family:
You will never regret investing in your education. Investing in your future will help set you up to get a better job, which will hopefully, in most cases, provide you with more money. This will help you provide for you family’s needs—whether that be feeding them or keeping a roof over their head.
Education is not just getting a four-year online degree or staying in school for multiple years until you get a doctorate. It could be something as simple as continuing your skills or taking a free online class. It could be learning a new coding language or keeping your marketing skills up to date.
Getting your emotional baggage sorted through and taken care of is the most important thing that you can do for your future spouse and kids. Emotional baggage, addictions, and mental illness will get in your way of having a healthy and meaningful relationship with others.
This may mean getting professional help from a specialized therapist or going to a 12-step group on a regular weekly basis. Sorting through your own personal stuff will help you be better able to connect with your family and allow for loving relationships. You will also be able to provide emotionally for your family by offering them love and emotional support.
Providing for your family physically does not just mean providing them with a bunch of material things. It also means that you have to take care of yourself so you are in good physical condition.
This could look like going to a weekly exercise class or hiring a personal trainer to help you get in shape. This may seem selfish at first, but it really isn’t because you will be able to help your family so much more than you being unhealthy. Keeping yourself healthy will also set your children up for a healthy future as well.
Spend time together.
If you are working 60 to 80-hour work weeks, you will not be able to spend quality time with your family. This may be for just several weeks, or for a season of your life, but it will impact your family if you do this for a long time.
Spending time with your family could be something as simple as helping your child with their homework or reading them a bedtime story. It could be something bigger like going to a soccer game or making time to support them at a concert they are performing at.
You will regret spending all of your time on one thing and not making time for the things that are really important in your life. If you are only focused on making a six-figure salary, you will probably neglect your health or your family’s emotional needs. Keep a balance by looking at each section of your life and see how you are doing. A weekly, or even daily, check-in will help you keep your life in check and help you avoid a chaotic life.
Not every family is the same and each situation is unique and different. You do not have to use every piece of advice that is given to you, but the principles will stay the same for each household. Keep trying and realize that you do not have to do everything today. Once you start your journey to better providing for your family, you will be able to see what you need to do next instead of trying to get it all done at once.