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Your Marriage Can Survive a Newborn Paperback – April 15, 2005
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Natalie writes, "I also grieved how my relationship with Glenn had changed. At times we simply didn't feel we had anything left to channel into our relationship. Our conflicts only increased the grief I felt at the loss of our relationship as it had once been."
Glenn and Natalie reassure readers that a marriage can survive the stresses of a new addition, and the effect it has on the household budget. Each chapter reveals the individual stages they each went through, and at the end of each chapter the authors offer quick tips to help others avoid problems that they themselves experienced. Glenn is a psychologist and Natalie is an occupational therapist, and they now have three children. The first baby became the center of their purpose for living. Ben wrote, "At times like this, our conversation deteriorated and dialogue became a tit for tat."
Family members and friends tried to help. They eventually learned that their parents' advice had been right, after going through anxiety, stress, and frustration that could have been avoided.Read more ›
The book doesn't prescribe a "plan of attack", as many resource books tend to. Insead, it discusses typical problems that come up with raising a newborn and ways you can deal with them.
The overwhelming message of the book is "FATIGUE!" The tiredness that comes with all the physical and emotional rigors of raising a newborn sap your relationship with your spouse of all of its resources. The book suggests ways of reducing that fatigue and maintaining your relationship even when you have no patience or motivation to be loving!
This book certainly got my brain cogs whirring so I can be mentally prepared ahead of time to try to minimize my fatigue and stress.
If you hadn't had to endure hardships yet as a couple, this is the book for you, as it will get hard.
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I read this book right before we had our first son. It was alright but I didn't find it life changing or extremely helpful. Read morePublished 12 months ago by customer
I really enjoyed the material and it was easy reading. It was a good book. It's not a parenting book, it's about the relationship with your husband or wife.Published on January 21, 2014 by Rachel Duns
Shipped on time and book in good condition. Looks like a quick and easy read once my newborn gives me enough time to read it. :)Published on October 22, 2013 by erin grace
Good book if you hear what they are trying to say. That having kids is hard and you have to see things through the other persons eyes.Published on December 27, 2010 by Stacie A. Miller