Though reviewing your budget, outstanding debt, and money management strategies amidst the process of planning for a baby may not feel like the right time to consider such matters, taking stock of your money matters before the your baby’s arrival offers you the opportunity to explore these questions before trying to approach them after the baby has arrived.
For some people, reviewing or talking about finances is an uncomfortable exercise. If, indeed, you feel anxious or hesitant to review your personal finances, take a few moments to reflect on this emotion and its causes. Was money a stressor in your household as a child? Did your family members seem stressed when talking about money? Are there aspects of your personal finances that you are hesitant to face or disclose? Are you unsure of where to begin?
If you are feeling unsure or overwhelmed by the prospect of addressing your finances, you may wish to reach out to Employee Assistance Program for support. Talking to an unbiased listener can be helpful in sorting through emotions and developing an approach for addressing the matter. Professional counselors are available to assist you. For support on the Boulder campus, please visit CU-Boulder's Faculty and Staff Assistance Program website. For support on the Anschutz, Denver or UCCS campuses, or in the System office, please visit the State of Colorado Employee Assistance Program website.