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Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life's Biggest Decisions

Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life's Biggest Decisions

by Myra Strober, Abby Davisson
Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life's Biggest Decisions

Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life's Biggest Decisions

by Myra Strober, Abby Davisson


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MONEY & LOVE: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life’s Biggest Decisions is a guide for navigating life’s most consequential and daunting decisions using research-based insights road-tested in a popular Stanford University course.

Should I move in with this person? Should I quit my job? When is the “right time” to have another child? All these life-altering questions at the juncture of money and love can be overwhelming. Often, we answer them either by staying overly rational or by only listening to our – at times fickle – hearts. Hardly ever, when faced with daunting questions, do we have the keys to combine both head and heart in a balanced and fulfilling way.

Labor economist and Stanford Professor Emerita Myra Strober and social innovation leader Abby Davisson know that in our daily lives money and love are interdependent. Whereas most decision-making guides focus only on one or the other, Money and Love shows us and our loved ones how to consider them jointly using the original, step-by-step 5Cs method:

  • CLARIFY: Consider what you want vs. don’t through self-reflection.
  • COMMUNICATE: Include input from those who will be impacted by your decisions in your decision-making process.
  • CHOICES: Broaden your perspectives to open up your options. 
  • CHECK IN: Ask around for advice, guidance, and resources.
  • CONSEQUENCES: Consider the effects of your decisions and how that may impact all aspects of your life.

At a time when we are experiencing the most significant shift in work-life balance in decades – marked by remote work, the Great Reshuffle, and a mass reconfiguring of family dynamics and social/professional networks – Strober and Davisson’s framework offers simple and effective steps to empower readers to make the best strategic decisions without having to sacrifice their careers or personal lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063117518
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/10/2023
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 212,508
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Myra Strober is a labor economist and Professor Emerita at Stanford University. She was the founding director of the Stanford Center for Research on Women (now the Clayman Institute for Gender Research) and the first chair of the National Council for Research on Women.

Abby Davisson is a social innovation leader and career development expert. Most recently, she spent nine years at global retailer Gap Inc., where she served as President of Gap Foundation and co-founded the company's employee resource group for parents and caregivers. 

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Introducing the 5Cs Framework 1

2 Finding Your Person: Dating and Mating 18

3 Pop the Question (or Skip It Altogether?): Getting Married 46

4 Baby Talk: Having Children 66

5 Let's Make a Deal: Dividing Housework and Home Management 89

6 There's No Place Like Home: Deciding Where to Live and When to Move 115

7 Making It Work: Combining Career and Family 140

8 Choppy Waters: Facing Relationship Challenges (and Ending a Marriage Gracefully) 171

9 The Senior Years: Caring for Elders 195

10 Be the Change: Changing the Work/Family System (How You Can Play a Part) 222

Conclusion 251

Acknowledgments 257

Further Reading 261

Notes 263

Index 285

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