The Five Core Conversations for Couples: Expert Advice about How to Develop Effective Communication, a Long-Term Financial Plan, Cooperative Parenting Strategies, Mutually Satisfying Sex, and Work-Life Balance

The Five Core Conversations for Couples: Expert Advice about How to Develop Effective Communication, a Long-Term Financial Plan, Cooperative Parenting Strategies, Mutually Satisfying Sex, and Work-Life Balance

by David Bulitt, Julie Bulitt

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Overview

A Top Divorce Lawyer and a Family Therapist Show You How to Really Talk—for Better or for Worse
 
Married for 33 years, David, a divorce lawyer, and Julie, a family therapist, have both been witness to families struggling with life’s most difficult challenges. At the same time, they have weathered their own challenges at home: raising four daughters, two biological and two adopted, and dealing with one child’s mental health and behavioral issues. What they’ve learned about saving a marriage or knowing when to call it quits, when to turn to professionals or when to try tough love, could fill a book—and it does. 
 
The Five Core Conversations for Couples tackles every corner of relationships with the wisdom, knowledge, and best advice culled from David and Julie’s unique personal and professional experiences, organized topically into the five core reasons that people come to their offices. Topics include:
  • Disability
  • Abuse
  • Serious illness
  • Estrangement
  • And much, much more
Take a look inside the hearts and minds of two marriage professionals to gain a fresh perspective into your own relationships and to have valuable and more frequent conversations with those you love. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510746121
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 308,581
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David and Julie Bulitt have been married for 33 years. David is one of the premier DC Metro family law attorneys, having settled and litigated complex, high profile divorce and custody cases since 1986. Julie is a licensed clinical social worker with more than twenty years of experience working with children, teens, and families. Together they have four daughters, three grandchildren, and two dogs. They divide their time between suburban Washington, DC, and Bethany Beach, Delaware.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Are We? Why Are We Here? vii

The First Core: Building and Filling 1

1 Connection is Your Lubrication 5

2 The Garage Will Get Dirty 8

3 Fix the Roof 11

4 Use Your Oxygen Mask 14

5 The RV 17

6 I Don't Give a Shit about the Dry Cleaning 20

7 Silence Is Not Golden 24

8 It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It 27

9 If It Won't Matter, Don't Say It 31

10 I Think I Can, I Know We Can 35

Couple's Kickstarters 38

The Second Core: Money, Money, Money 41

1 Fun, Fun, Fun till Reality Takes Your T-Bird Away 43

2 You Canceled My Newspaper? 46

3 Learn to Drive before You're Sixty-Five 50

4 A Balance of Power 53

5 Don't Wait for the Repo Man 56

6 Don't Bank the Bitching 60

7 Harvard 63

8 Cash and Kids 66

9 The Swimming Pool 69

Couple's Kickstarters 72

The Third Core: Parents and Partners 75

1 The Adoption Option 78

2 Pass the Trash 82

3 Voted off the Island 85

4 Make It, Take It 88

5 Jesus joins the Family 91

6 No One Sends You Dinner When Your Kid Is in the Psych Ward 95

7 Sticks and Stones 98

8 Addiction Finds Us 101

9 Ride in the Same Ambulance 104

10 Letters to Our Daughter 109

11 To Our Other Three 114

Couple's Kickstarters 116

The Fourth Core: Bumping and Grinding 119

1 It's Not a Budget Item 122

2 Tussies 125

3 That's Not My Finger 128

4 Is That All There Is? 131

5 A Hitch in Your Giddyup 134

6 To Porn or Not to Porn 138

7 Is There Even Such a Thing? 142

8 I Don't Need Another job 145

9 Two Minutes and a Tissue 148

Couple's Kickstarters 151

The Fifth Core: It's a Balancing Act 155

1 Costco 158

2 Cussing to Kissing 161

3 Assbook 164

4 More or Less 167

5 The Minivan 171

6 Bumper Cars 174

7 Stay out of My Tub 177

8 You've Got to Have Friends 180

9 Weekends Away 183

10 Ruby Slippers 186

11 The Best Chicken in the Pot I Ever Ate 189

Couple's Kickstarters 192

The Takeaway: On and On 197

About the Authors 199

Acknowledgments 201

Index 202

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