9780787955526

Becoming Parents : How to Strengthen Your Marriage as Your Family Grows

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  • ISBN13:

    9780787955526

  • ISBN10:

    0787955523

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-04-09
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Moving into parenthood is typically a time of great joy and excitement, but it also brings fatigue, stress, and conflict. From the authors of the best-selling Fighting for Your Marriage and A Lasting Promise, this unique and innovative guide offers indispensable advice on how to protect and preserve your marriage and take care of yourselves as you become parents. Based on scientific research and containing real-life examples, Becoming Parents challenges you to seize this opportunity to really thrive in your relationship and in parenting together as a team."If you're having a baby, buy this book! It will give your baby the most important gift of all-parents who know how to keep their relationship happy, satisfying, and stable-the kind of relationship your baby can count on and learn from." --Diane Sollee, director, Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Handling Conflict: Protecting Your Marriage 1(76)
Four Key Patterns That Can Harm a Relationship
3(18)
Communicating Safely and Clearly: The Speaker-Listener Technique
21(20)
Problem Solving
41(22)
Ground Rules for Handling Conflict
63(14)
Going Deeper: Dealing with Core Issues 77(88)
The Difference Between Issues and Events
79(18)
Unmet Expectations and What to Do About Them
97(18)
The Importance of Core Values and Beliefs
115(14)
Commitment: The Glue That Holds Relationships Together
129(18)
Forgiveness and the Preservation or Restoration of Intimacy
147(18)
Relationship Enhancement: Maintaining the Great Things 165(42)
Preserving and Protecting Friendship
167(12)
Preserving and Protecting Fun Together
179(10)
Hello Baby, Goodbye Sex? Protecting and Enhancing Your Sex Life
189(18)
Creating a Healthy Lifestyle 207(72)
Managing Fatigue
209(16)
Managing Stress
225(16)
WARNING: Don't Try Parenting by Yourselves
241(16)
Roles and Tasks: Who Does What?
257(22)
Some Final Words 279(4)
Some Thoughts on Domestic Violence 283(2)
Recommended Reading 285(4)
About the Authors 289(2)
Index 291

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