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Time and Money

My husband works all the time, and I’m a stay-at-home mother. He says he is working to maintain our lifestyle and future retirement, and I say that our children’s lives are passing him by. He is a devoted father and good man, and yet his (constant) working is often a source of struggle in our relationship. What would you suggest I do?First, accept your husband as he is. It is not your job as his wife to change him.We each have two things to spend: money and time. Thich Nhat Hanh says that the best gift we can give someone we love is our time. He also says we should ask our loved ones, “How can I love [you] better?” So this brings us to the question: Is time money? And the answer is, yes, time is money.In our world we trade time for money every day. If we have a $1,600 monthly mortgage and earn $40 an hour after taxes, we must work one 40-hour week just to pay for our housing. This example illustrates how the “love or money” connection came into being. If the best gift I can give someone I love is my time, and if time is money, then money must also be a gift that shows love. And yet, there are some impor …

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland resides in Michigan with his four youngest kids, ages 5 to 10. He and his wife, Amy, try to be an example of Parenting for a Peaceful world, in which democracy begins at home.

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