Women breadwinners are less satisfied in their relationships, feel more pressure to cut back on work and are likelier to get divorced—and yet they make up 40 percent of all U.S. households. In her new book, When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women, Farnoosh Torabi explores how women can keep their relationships (and careers) alive.
Make Both Salaries Count. When you make more money, you’re twice as likely to make all the financial decisions in your relationship—which can overshadow your partner’s contribution. Allocate a portion of the lesser earner’s income toward vacations, college funds, new cars or other big-ticket items.
Nurture Your Marriage. Feel like you’re growing apart? Make a list of your relationship anxieties alongside what you find essential to the partnership (have your spouse to the same), and create solutions for the obvious gaps. If managing the finances by yourself is putting stress on your partnership, for example, consider asking him to take on that role or hiring a financial adviser to ease the burden.
Ease Up on Housework. Studies show that women tend to do the majority of housework, no matter how high the number on their paycheck. By lightening the load, you’ll be less likely to burn out. Ask for help when you need it, and outsource when you can.
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