Money, Sex, and Kids: Stop Fighting about the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage

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Adams Media, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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Unhappy couples may be unhappy each in their own way - but they're all fighting about the same things: money, sex and kids. These three topics often cause conflict that can erode even the strongest marriages. In this prescriptive, practical guide, popular author and therapist Dr. Tina B. Tessina shows couples how to deal with their differences in these critical areas, and resolve them before they take their toll on their relationship. They learn the proper etiquette for marital debate, as well as creative approaches to solving the problems that confront them in their life together.

Given today's high divorce rate statistics and the so-called age of the 'serial marriage' - Money, Sex and Kids helps couples avoid the divorce court by addressing the divisive issues most likely to tear their unions apart.

 

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Contents

THE THREE BIG TEMPTATIONS
1
Money Sex and Kids
2
Disappointment and Expectations
14
How Patterns Develop
16
Solving Instead of Struggling
19
SOLVING MONEY SQUABBLES
23
Money Styles
33
Planning vs Spontaneity
40
Arguments Over Nothing
126
Fighting about Other People
131
FIGHTING FAIR
141
Harmful Fighting Styles and What to Do
143
Fair Fights
148
Learning and Growing from Your Disagreements
150
Domestic Violence
152
Choosing Your Own Responses
154

Problem Solving
41
SOLVING SEX SQUABBLES
51
Withdrawal
52
Satisfaction and Frequency
59
Dishonesty Jealousy Temptation and Trust
65
Infidelity
74
Broken Trust
75
How to Heal from Infidelity
76
Building a TemptationResistant Marriage
82
SOLVING KIDS SQUABBLES
87
To Have Children or Not
88
Having a Baby Ruined Our Relationship
95
Discipline Punishment and Parenting Styles
99
Parenting Rules and Styles
103
Clash of Faith
106
Blended Families and Stepparenting
113
SOLVING OTHER STRUGGLES
119
Power Struggles
120
THE ROOT CAUSES OF STRUGGLING
159
Developmental Stages of Relationships
160
Lack of Skills
163
MATURING IN LOVE
175
Giving and Receiving Love
183
Power in Relationships
186
The Power of SelfControl
192
COUPLES COUNSELING
197
Resentment and Tenacious Problems
200
What to Expect from a Counseling Session
203
Therapist Statement of Ethics
206
LOVE WITHOUT STRUGGLES
209
Relationship Reservoir
211
Staying Together
213
Try the Silly Solution for a Healthy Relationship
220
INDEX
225
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
235
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Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., has twenty-five years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is the author of ten books, including "The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again" (1999) and "The 20 Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make Before 40" (1998). Dr. Tessina lectures and conducts nationwide workshops on all of her books and has appeared on major television and radio shows, including Donahue, Oprah, Geraldo, and Larry King.

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