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Am I A Workaholic

One of the things I hear a lot about…but most people rarely think about when talking about jacked-up families is the effect a work-a-holic has on the entire family. Maybe it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to a lot of people because work-a-holism is usually done in the name of “taking care of the family�, but what I’ve seen it result in is an absentee family member and family members who feel neglected, forgotten about and unloved.

If you’re a person who feels like the way you need to take care of those you love the most is by providing for them and giving them more than you had growing up, let me challenge you just a bit here…yeah, it’s important to provide for the people we love, but maybe something to consider is how much those people really need YOU before they need the things you can provide them with. Or maybe your work is something you run into because you’re trying to avoid something that you need to push into just a bit…hey, just something to think about.

And if you’re stuck living with a work-a-holic, let me just encourage you to let that person really know how you feel about it. Now be sure to do it with a good attitude! But this person needs to know how you feel about the situation and how it’s affecting your family. I would encourage you to write them a letter or pull them aside and talk to them in a loving way…let them know how much you care about them, but also be sure to let them know how you feel. Maybe you could even brainstorm together on some ways to help change the situation.

Ultimately, if you’re a work-a-holic you’re probably not going to change much until you feel the pain your situation is causing…I just don’t like seeing anyone jack up their family like this when they really can do something about it! So please consider having that conversation with the person you love today. Give them a chance to change. Help them through it and support them. It’s going to be tough, but it’s definitely worth it!

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