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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598693255
  • ASIN: B001QCX4M2
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. has been a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in California since 1978. She is the author of eleven books and is known on the Internet as "Dr. Romance." Her practice includes individual and couple counseling. And she's been happily married for more than twenty years.

About the Author

Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. (Long beach, CA) has been a freelance licensed psychotherapist in private practice in California since 1978. She is the author of 11 books, her practice includes individual and couple counselling. She has been happily married for more than 20 years.

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Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist in S. California since 1978 with over 35 years' experience in counseling individuals and couples and author of 13 books in 17 languages, including It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction; The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again; Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage, The Commuter Marriage, and her newest, The Ten Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make After Forty and Love Styles: How to Celebrate Your Differences. She writes the "Dr. Romance" blog, and the "Happiness Tips from Tina" email newsletter.
Dr. Tessina is CRO (Chief Romance Officer) for LoveForever.com, a website designed to strengthen relationships and guide couples through the various stages of their relationship with personalized tips, courses, and online couples counseling. Online, she's known as "Dr. Romance" Dr. Tessina appears frequently on radio, and such TV shows as "Oprah", "Larry King Live" and ABC News.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Seal on October 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Tessina, who has counseled couples for more than 30 years, seems to know what problems people have when it comes to the biggies - money, sex, and kids. Her book by that name lays out in detail very practical solutions. Do you two have different ideas and feelings about money? Put those different attitudes on the table- discuss them-- then keep separate checkbooks and credit or debit cards, but a common checkbook or credit card for major shared bills. Hmm, never thought of that! Don't shy away from manipulation, says Tessina -just so it's positive manipulation, thought through so you get a good response: like, "How about if we take out a home equity loan, and use it to renovate the kitchen (like you want) and buy the new car (like I want)?" Though you probably won't try this one till today's frozen credit thaws.

Money, Sex, and Kids is really a manual. First you find your problem - termed Struggle - in boldface-- then the Situation or background, and then the Solution. You wouldn't read Money, Sex, and Kids like a novel. It's more like a cookbook that you keep around and dip into when you need a recipe. I wish I'd had it earlier in my marriage, when I'd had all these problems she writes about that I recognize only too well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Shimberg on December 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Prolific non-fiction writer, Tina Tessina, Ph.D., has written many books on women and relationships. But she really hits the bullseye with MONEY,SEX, and KIDS: Stop Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage.

Although she states that "raising kids is the most complicated, puzzling, and hopefully rewarding job a couple can have," she goes on to honestly admit that "the fights about children can be the most intense and complex." Fortunately, she then describes ways that couples can work together to compromise in solving those issues.

She also lists skills that are necessary to learn in order to create a "truly loving partnership." As a licensed psychotherapist since 1978, Dr. Tessina carefully presents the struggle and the situation first, and then offers the solution to money, sex, and kids squabbles.

If this book were among the gifts given at engagement parties and appeared on book shelves of married folks, perhaps our sad statistics of divorce among first, second, and even third marriages could be reduced.

Reviewed by Elaine Fantle Shimberg, author of BLENDING FAMILIES and co-author of THE COMPLETE SINGLE FATHER.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aostara Kaye on January 31, 2008
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I am a never-married, childless, only child. My fiancé is a divorced middle-child with custody of his young son. We have different opinions on and experiences with, well, just about everything. MONEY, SEX AND KIDS has taught us how to use this diversity to our mutual benefit.

The techniques, skills and mindsets laid out in this book (and in Tina's earlier book How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free, Third Edition) have enabled us to negotiate cooperative solutions to our problems rather than focusing on who is "right." Tina's combinations of specific real-life examples and general tips and tools have given us the ability to greatly reduce the potential for arguments, needless struggle and heartache in our relationship.

I'm particularly happy with how the "Struggle-Situation-Solution" continuum trains couples to get past the immediate "sound and fury" and discover what the argument is REAALLY about, which is the only place true cooperative problem solving can take place.

Thanks to Tina (and my fiancé's cooperation, of course), I've gone from thinking that our differences could quite possibly be insurmountable to planning for a moving day later this year.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on May 8, 2008
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The answer is, "money, sex and kids." What is the question? "What are the three issues that stir up the most trouble in a marriage?" If you find yourself endlessly fighting with your spouse, you may have something in common with the hundreds of couples Dr. Tina B. Tessina has counseled who continually bump heads over these emotionally charged issues. Tessina, a.k.a. "Dr. Romance," shows you how to stop arguing and focus on collaboration. She provides effective strategies and techniques, including fighting do's and don'ts, budgeting advice, tactics for improving intimacy and exercises for spouses to share. Although the contents are not as innovative as the catchy title, Tessina's focus on problem solving, mutual support and honest communication can buttress any challenging relationship. If one, two or all three of these divisive issues are threatening to derail your marriage, getAbstract believes this book may help you get back on track.
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