Q: I often feel unloved because my husband does not provide for our family the way I think he should financially. How can I encourage him to do more?
A: We have to recognize that in today’s culture, it is not always easy to get a job that will provide for the family financially. Many men are working but they are not making enough to provide for the family, and the prospects of finding another job are not very good at this point. So I would say that a wife, particularly at this juncture, needs to be very understanding. If he is making an effort, maybe he’s working two part-time jobs, praise him for the effort and hard work that he’s doing rather than condemning him for not bringing home enough money to feed the family. Also, do what you can to help him temporarily.