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Your Marriage Can Survive a Newborn Paperback – April 15, 2005

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About the Author

Glenn Williams is the Chief Operating Officer for Focus on the Family and has extensive background in counseling youth and families. As a psychologist and former pastor, Glenn co-authored the programHow to Drug Proof Your Kids and was an expert/contributing author to the parenting curriculum produced by Focus on the Family, Starting Points.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman (April 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805440607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805440607
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Your Marriage Can Survive a Newborn by Glenn and Natalie Williams reveals exactly how to salvage a marriage being torn apart by a "third party." The demanded attention from this couple's first child placed insurmountable stress upon their marriage, not to mention the ways in which their social lives and family relationships were affected. They had to find a way to become close again in order to save the relationship. Both authors share heartfelt expressions of what it cost them to be parents, as they reveal intimate emotions and personal details of their experience after a new addition to the family, with the hope that their lessons will help others.

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.
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This book is written in a conversational style. The authors take turns discussing aspects of raising a newborn. At the end of each chapter is a list of "Quick Tips" which is great if you're a more fact-oriented person like me.

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.
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What I liked most about this book was that it was written from the point of both the husband and the wife. The other books I have read on this topic are just from the wife's perspective, and it is helpful to hear the other side. That being said I did like 'Babyproofing your Marriage' and 'After the Baby' better than this book, but it was still a good book.
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I bought this book looking for some helpful advice for when our first son arrived. I did not find it with this book. This book is just a couple's stories about life with their first. Somewhat interesting but not at all what I was looking for.
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Written in a very simple way, with many repetitions of each concept, this book will be an indispensable read for the couple expecting their first child.

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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