Your Time-Starved Marriage Workbook for Men: How to Stay Connected at the Speed of Life

Your Time-Starved Marriage Workbook for Men: How to Stay Connected at the Speed of Life

by Les and Leslie Parrott, Leslie L. Parrott
     
 

Reclaim your time. Reconnect your marriage. Do you feel overscheduled and underconnected? Do you wish there was a surefire way to create more meaningful time together each day? Reclaim your time together and all the relational benefits that go with it. Your Time-Starved Marriage isn’t about being more productive—it’s about being more connected.

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Reclaim your time. Reconnect your marriage. Do you feel overscheduled and underconnected? Do you wish there was a surefire way to create more meaningful time together each day? Reclaim your time together and all the relational benefits that go with it. Your Time-Starved Marriage isn’t about being more productive—it’s about being more connected. Six sessions include: 1. Is Your Marriage Slipping into the Future? 2. Busyness—the Archenemy of Marriage 3. Time Styles—Uncovering your Unique Approach to Time 4. Prioritizing Primetime—Maximizing your Moments 5. Time Bandits—Catching Your Time-Stealers Redhanded 6. Time Mines—Where You’re Sure to Strike Gold

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310271550
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Edition description:
Workbook
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
964,051
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Your Time-Starved Marriage Workbook for Men

How to Stay Connected at the Speed of Life
By Les Parrott Leslie Parrott

Zondervan

Copyright © 2006 Les and Leslie Parrott
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-27155-X


Chapter One

exercise one

maximizing your time quotient

Use the circle on the following page (or draw it on scratch paper) to design a personal pie chart of how you and your wife use your time together. List the activities you are likely to do in a typical week. For example, your list might include household chores, but write down only those you do together. Other items may include grocery shopping, taking walks, exercising, watching television or DVDs, eating out, dining in, playing with your children, talking on the phone, having sex, talking face-to-face, gardening, and attending church. Consider every possible activity you share in your waking hours in an average week and then designate the amount of the pie to that activity as it fits. Don't worry about making it perfect. And don't hesitate to have some tiny slivers of activities you share that are a part of your "time pie." This is just a quick way to help you see how you spend your time together.

By the way, don't try to guess what you think your wife wants you to include. Be honest. Think of every activityyou can that you share with your wife.

How Do Your Hours Stack Up?

Estimate the number of hours this pie chart represents in your typical week. In other words, how many hours per week do the two of you spend together? __________

Are you satisfied with the amount of quality time you spend together, or would you like more? In other words, identify the best times you share together. __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________

What Matters Most to You?

Okay, here's the tough part. As you look at the activities represented by the slices of your pie chart, what are the top half dozen or so activities that you prize the most?

__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________

Putting Yourself in Your Wife's Shoes

Before you share your answers to these questions with your wife, take a moment to consider how she may have answered these items. In general, men typically report being less troubled about "sharing time together" than their wives. Do you think this is true of you? Why or why not? And if there was one positive message you would like to express to your wife as you begin this study on "your time-starved marriage," what would it be? Take a moment to jot it down here. And focus on what you can say that would lift her spirits.

As we begin this study together, I want you to know ...

__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________

Make Time to Talk about This Together

Now, compare your responses to those of your wife. Talk about what you can do to maximize these activities. What can you do, in other words, to increase the amount of time you have to enjoy these things that are most important to you as a couple? Hint: Part of the answer may be found in identifying activities in your life that can be reduced-even those activities you may do together that neither of you really enjoys. We'll revisit this idea of making more quality time and give you practical ways to do so. For now, what comes to your mind for maximizing these activities?

__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________

(Continues...)



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A psychologist and a marriage and family therapist, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are founders of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University. Their bestselling books include Love Talk, Crazy Good Sex The Complete Guide to Marriage Mentoring, and the award-winning Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Their work has been featured in The New York Times and USA Today, and they have appeared on CNN, O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Today Show, The View, and Oprah. They live with their two sons in Seattle. Visit LesandLeslie.com.

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