First Five Years of Marriage Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship

ISBN-10: 1589970411
ISBN-13: 9781589970410
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 2/1/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Marriage isn??t easy. That??s why thousands of couples have asked the counselors at Focus on the Family for insight into money, communication, and a host of other issues. Their collective wisdom is now available in one handy reference guide. The Complete Guide to the First Five Years of Marriage was designed to help spouses build a strong foundation for a lifetime partnership filled with genuine love and joy.

Introduction: Why Are the First Five Years So Important?
Getting to Know Each Other
How Well Do I Need to Know My Spouse?
How Honest Do We Have to Be?
How Can I Get Used to Being Two Instead of One?
Should I Tell My Spouse About My Past?
How Can I Get My Spouse to Open Up?
How Can I Understand My Spouses Personality?
How Can I Adjust to My Spouse's Personality?
What Can I Do About My Spouses Irritating Habits?
Expectations
Why Isn't Marriage the Way I Thought It Would Be?
Are Other People's Marriages Like This?
Why Isn't My Wife the Person I Thought She Was?
Why Isn't My Husband the Person I Thought He Was?
Why Isn't My Wife More Like Mom?
Why Isn't My Husband More Like Dad?
Why Isn't My "Blended" Marriage Blending?
Did I Marry the Wrong Person?
How Can I Change My Spouse?
Do I Have to Settle for Less?
Roles
What Does It Mean to Be a Wife?
What Does It Mean to Be a Husband?
How Should We Divide Up the Chores?
Who Should Take Care of the Kids?
Who Should Earn the Money?
What Does It Mean to Be the Spiritual Leader?
What If My Spouse Won't Take the "Right" Role?
What Roles Should We Have in a "Blended" Family?
Money
Why Does My Spouse Spend So Much?
Do We Have to Have a Budget?
How Much Should We Spend?
How Much Should We Save?
How Much Should We Give?
How Can We Stay Out of Debt?
How Can We Get Out of Debt?
How Can We Cut Our Expenses?
How Can We Survive Unemployment?
Should We Buy a House?
What Investments Should We Make?
How Far Ahead Do We Need to Plan?
Sex
What About Birth Control?
How Often Is Normal?
What If We Don't Like the Same Things?
Are We Doing It Right?
What Does He Want from Me?
What Does She Want from Me?
Where Did Our Sex Life Go?
What If My Spouse Is Using Pornography?
How Can We Have Sex When Kids Are in the House?
How Can We Put Our Sexual Pasts Behind Us?
What If We Need Help?
Communication
Why Won't My Spouse Talk to Me?
Why Won't My Spouse Leave Me Alone?
Why Don't We Speak the Same Language?
Why Does My Spouse Keep Hurting My Feelings?
How Can We Make Time to Talk?
How Can We Talk About Feelings?
How Should We Talk About Sensitive Issues?
How Can I Start a Conversation?
How Can We Communicate Without Talking?
Resolving Conflict
Is It Okay to Fight?
How Do Other Couples Handle Conflict?
Why Does My Spouse Avoid Conflict?
Why Does My Spouse Overreact?
How Can We Work Out Disagreements?
How Can We Make Decisions Together?
How Can We Handle Racial and Cultural Differences?
How Should We Handle Friendships with Others?
When Should We Agree to Disagree?
What If We Have a Lot of Unresolved Conflicts?
What If an Argument Gets Out of Control?
Do I Have to Forgive My Spouse?
How Can I Get My Spouse to Forgive Me?
What If the Same Conflicts Keep Coming Up?
What If My Spouse Abuses Me?
Spiritual Issues
How Can Faith Keep Us Together?
What If We Don't Like the Same Church?
Do We Have to Pray Together?
What Does a Christ-centered Home Look Like?
How Can I Help My Spouse Grow Spiritually?
How Can We Serve God Together?
What If My Spouse Seems to Be Losing His or Her Faith?
What If My Spouse Isn't a Christian?
In-laws
What Do I Owe My In-laws?
How Should We Handle the Holidays?
How Can I Cut My Spouse's Apron Strings?
What If the In-laws Aren't Christians?
What If an In-law Tries to Run Our Lives?
What If an In-law Doesn't Accept Me?
Children
Do Children Really Change Everything?
When Should We Have Children, and How Many?
Is It Okay Not to Have Kids?
What If I Want Children, But My Spouse Doesn't?
Why Can't We Have Children?
How Can a Doctor Help Us Conceive?
What About Adoption?
How Will Pregnancy Affect Us?
What's Childbirth Really Like?
What Can We Do About Postpartum Depression?
What If Our Child Has Special Needs?
What If We Disagree over How to Raise the Kids?
How Can We Get a Break from the Kids?
How Can We Help Our Kids Grow Spiritually?
How Can We Make Sure Our Kids Succeed?
Should We Put Our Child in Day Care?
Sticking with It
Are We Falling Out of Love?
How Can We Keep Romance Alive?
How Can We Avoid Infidelity?
How Can We Keep from Drifting Apart?
How Can We Make It Through a Medical Crisis?
What If My Spouse Needs Psychological Help?
Is It Ever Too Late for a Marriage?
What About Marriage Counseling?
What Makes a Marriage Last?
Recommended Resources
Notes
Index

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