Renegotiate Your Marriage: Balance the Terms of Your Relationship as It Changes

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When you got married, you and your spouse made a contract. Oh, not the one you signed in church or at the registry office. It was a contract no one but the two of you knew about. One that sets the terms of your relationship. But that contract can and does change. It changes when: you or your spouse lose your job; your first child is born; the kids leave home; your spouse cheats on you. Big changes in your life mean big changes in your marriage as well. And in this guide to a happy, healthy marriage you'll learn ...

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Overview

When you got married, you and your spouse made a contract. Oh, not the one you signed in church or at the registry office. It was a contract no one but the two of you knew about. One that sets the terms of your relationship. But that contract can and does change. It changes when: you or your spouse lose your job; your first child is born; the kids leave home; your spouse cheats on you. Big changes in your life mean big changes in your marriage as well. And in this guide to a happy, healthy marriage you'll learn how to renegotiate your marriage during the ups and downs of life so that it can survive. Most of all, you'll learn the secrets to renegotiating your marriage contract so both of you remain committed to a strong, healthy, and happy wedlock.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440527937
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,373,418
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Jacobson, PhD, coauthor of Choose to Be Happily Married and Save Your Marriage in Five Minutes a Day, has been happily married for twenty-five years. In addition to running her own private practice, Dr. Jacobson is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Group Psychotherapy, and Eastern Group Psychotherapy. She lives in New York, NY.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 Renegotiating How to Love One Another

Chapter 1 Sex: Positioning Yourself tor a Better Marriage 3

Chapter 2 Desire: Stoking the Fire and Keeping It Burning 19

Chapter 3 Physical Changes: Loving the One You're With 35

Chapter 4 Nonsexual Gestures of Affection: Loving with No Strings Attached 49

Chapter 5 Trust: Forgiving Extramarital Affairs 61

Part 2 Renegotiating How to Honor One Another

Chapter 6 Children: Remaining Lovers After Becoming Parents 81

Chapter 7 Money: Balancing Your Power Along with Your Budget 101

Chapter 8 Career Transitions: Following Your Dream Without Leaving Anyone Behind 109

Chapter 9 Job Loss: Embracing Who You Are Instead of What You Do 119

Chapter 10 Division of Labor: Foregoing Assumptions, Finding Harmony 127

Chapter 11 Hobbies: Championing Each Other's Changing Interests 135

Chapter 12 Changing Values: Respecting Your Differences 147

Part 3 Renegotiating How to Cherish One Another

Chapter 13 Infertility: Preventing Your Marriage from Becoming Barren 157

Chapter 14 Trauma: Sticking Together After a Traumatic Event 167

Chapter 15 Addiction: Recovering Your True Selves 175

Chapter 16 Spiritual Quests: Searching for Meaning Without Losing Each Other 183

Chapter 17 Illness: Finding Intimacy When You're Feeling Lousy 189

Chapter 18 Death and Dying: Learning to Live with Loss 199

Appendix: Resources 203

Index 209

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