I’m just starting your book at my therapy’s advice and wanted to thank you for giving me another way to thinking of marriage that is not the story book view.
My wife and I are both working on resolving our differences in parenting which was causing our marriage and family life to be very volatile. We where in couples therapy for several years till I realized that our therapist was just facilitating our dysfunctional life. Since then both my wife and I are in individual therapy which is allowing us to remove most all the volatility at home and hopefully start to remember why we first got together. My wife is finally starting to stand up to our children and to be truthful to me. Which is a great thing for both or us as I now am starting to respect her more. We both didn’t grow up in a full or functional family for us to use as a guide for ourselves and didn’t get an owners manual when the children were born LOL. I’ve lost the feeling for my wife that I had when we first met and don’t remember why I thought she was the one. But, I’m realizing the story book version of marriage is just that and we need to decide what we can have and work for that in our marriage. We truly have a lot of things in common and when we work together are great partners.
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