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"I found David’s articles very insightful personally . . . Many thanks!"  —John Carey, senior correspondent, Business Week

"You will never look at your family's problems the same way again. David Code is a big-picture thinker with a gift for translating scientific facts into practical solutions. His new solutions to common family problems can help solidify your marriage and improve your parenting."  —Jaak Panksepp, neuroscientist and author, Affective Neuroscience

"Every parent, and every couple, should read this book to prevent them from having an affair with their child[ren]. What misery and suffering for all concerned, for generations to come, when couples put their marriage anywhere but first. A must-read."  —Harville Hendrix, PhD, author, Getting the Love You Want and Giving the Love that Heals: A Guide for Parents

"David Code offers a game-changing combination of Bowen family systems theory, brain research, and studies on animal instincts, to help us understand why humans do what we do in families."  —Peter Titelman, PhD, clinical psychologist, editor, Triangles: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives and Emotional Cutoff

"Provides a win-win solution for the challenges facing today's families. . . . He explains why good marriages produce good kids, and provides helpful advice for building a strong marriage. "  —Glenn Firebaugh, PhD, author, Seven Rules for Social Research

"David Code, in a step-wise approach, identifies and addresses how one, in a very practical way, can improve their marriage and thus, the entire family. I recommend his book most highly."  —David D. Sherry, MD, professor of pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania

"Stress has become a pervasive problem for couples struggling to balance the hectic lives of their kids with their own demanding jobs. David Code provides powerful preventive medicine that 'inoculates' spouses who are currently doing well, but can benefit from his family-strengthening advice."  —Ron Roel, former editor, Newsday

About the Author

As featured in Parents Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and the Christian Science Monitor, David Code is a family coach and Episcopal minister. After training at Yale, Princeton, the Sorbonne, and the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (formerly at Georgetown Medical School), he founded the Center for Staying Married and Raising Great Kids. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their two children.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824525388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824525385
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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