Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When A Job Keeps You Apart

Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When A Job Keeps You Apart

by Megan Bearce

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Overview

How does a couple stay connected when living apart for days, weeks or even months at a time is their norm?  In this insightful, award winning book, licensed marriage and family therapist Megan Bearce takes readers behind the scenes of this rising workforce trend known as “super commuting”, a shift in lifestyle that has created a unique set of challenges for a growing number of 21st century families and employers.

Through interviews and stories, Bearce provides insightful tips, strategies and guidelines from the initial decision to embark on the super commuter journey, to managing the emotional downsides of the lifestyle. As a wife, mother and working professional, Bearce adds the unique perspective of her own experiences as part of a successful super commuter couple.  Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When a Job Keeps You Apart is a must-read for any individual or couple facing this challenging yet rewarding lifestyle.  Readers will discover:

  • 3 characteristics of a successful super commuter relationship
  • 6 guidelines for building resiliency in your relationship
  • 4 key reasons why people choose to super commute
  • 23 questions and exercises for couples to explore together or with a therapist

"Super Commuter Couples is an important book detailing a rising trend in business travel today. The stories, tips, and strategies offered by Ms. Bearce are essential reading for anyone facing extended separations from his or her family.” —PETER COBB, eBags.com, cofounder

“When her husband became a super commuter, Bearce found herself looking for such a book but surprisingly few existed…Bearce immersed herself in research—interviewed dozens of super commuter couples, surveyed the most current statistics—and created this extraordinary guide for anyone on the wild ride of super commuting.” —MARCY AXNESS, PhD
 Author of Parenting for Peace. Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers

Megan Bearce, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Minneapolis, MN.  She is also a sought-after speaker and writer on topics including workplace trends and families, overwhelmed women, and perfectionism and has been interviewed as a super commuter expert by a variety of media oulets including the BBC, Market Watch, Today, CBS Evening News, US News & World Report, and Huff Post Live.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163999002
Publisher: Equanimity Press
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 341 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Meet the Super Commuters

1 The Super Commuting Phenomenon 3

2 A Super Commuter Pioneer 13

3 Resentment 21

4 Following a Dream in Costa Rica 31

5 The Best of Both Worlds? 37

6 Trust, Infidelity, and Intuition 45

7 Mom Won't Be Home for Dinner 55

8 Easier Without Kids? 65

9 It's What You Sign Up For 73

10 Finding Balance: A Myth or a Necessity? 87

Navigating the Super Commute

11 Hello. Good-bye. Repeat. Six Steps to Help Super Commuter Families Cope with Ambiguous Loss 93

12 How Do We Actually Do This? Tips, Advice, and Strategies 99

13 Three Common Themes in Successful Super Commuter Relationships 117

14 Three Mottos for Managing Stress and Fostering Resilience 131

Epilogue 141

Notes 145

Appendix: Questions and Exercises, Recommended Reading and Websites 151

Acknowledgments 156

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