I Almost Divorced My Husband but Went on Strike Instead

I Almost Divorced My Husband but Went on Strike Instead

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by Sherri Mills
     
 

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To show what a good wife she was, Sherri Mills eagerly took over all household and child rearing duties at the beginning of her marriage. Years later, exhausted and angry from doing every chore in an increasingly complex family life, she'd had enough.

However, after styling hair in her salon for nearly 20 years and conducting more impromptu therapy sessions than

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To show what a good wife she was, Sherri Mills eagerly took over all household and child rearing duties at the beginning of her marriage. Years later, exhausted and angry from doing every chore in an increasingly complex family life, she'd had enough.

However, after styling hair in her salon for nearly 20 years and conducting more impromptu therapy sessions than most psychologists, Sherri knew divorce was not the solution she was looking for. Fighting to save her marriage, she did the only thing her husband would understand-she went on a domestic strike, complete with a homemade, union-style contract.

And it worked! Now with over 40 years of experience, Sherri is out to share with others what brought back her greatest joy. Inside you'll find stories from women who have gone through it all and tips to rediscover your own loving marriage. Sherri's candid confessions of going from picket fences to picket signs will have you laughing your way to a permanent, equitable division of labor and domestic bliss.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
To Mills, wife, mother, and owner of a hair salon for 40 years, divorce is not the answer to feeling overworked and underappreciated in marriage. Instead, she proposes the idea of a fair marriage contract and divided householder chore lists, two things that she worked thoughtfully and painfully to develop through her strike on the home front. She delves into the feelings of overworked wives as well as the expectations of husbands, and urges both to communicate with honest feelings and strategies that work. What could be clichés in another author's hands here read like a stirring novel. Sample chore lists, reminders (of what works and doesn't), and a marriage contract round out an excellent resource.
Kirkus Reviews

An innovative method of cutting off the dead ends in your marriage and creating new life.

As a hairdresser, Mills had the advantage of being immersed in her clients' lives for generations—when they sat in her salon chair, they shared their secrets. "Often, when paying for a haircut," she writes, "a client would joke, 'Now what do I owe you for the therapy session?' " The author witnessed firsthand the fallout of splitting up, the waves of negativity that continued even after divorce was finalized and how people were destined to repeat their problems in the next relationship because of all the baggage they brought along. So when Mills' own marriage became strained, she turned to the information she'd gathered from her clients' experiences and conceived a clever way to solve her domestic distress. To remedy theunderlying communication issues that made it impossible for Mills to get her point across to her husband and children, the author went on strike. Since her husband understood union contracts, she presented him with one that addressed their needs. The author couples personal anecdotes with clear instructions on how to conduct a successful strike. The book is designed for the busy reader; each chapter can be read individually and concludes with bullet-point reminders highlighting the best advice. She includes not only her contract, but also sample chore lists and a chart that predicts which results will occur when communication is ineffective.

A solid blueprint for a successful relationship.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599555171
Publisher:
Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date:
06/14/2011
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 6.02(h) x 0.48(d)

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