LISTEN TO THE SHOW: Four Things About Marriage Counseling That Will Blow Your Mind By the time I was trying to find marriage counselors, things were pretty bad at our house. I wasn’t looking for suggestions on how to improve a good thing; I was looking for ways to hold the marriage together before it self-destructed. I remember knowing that we just couldn’t figure it out ourselves really helped me
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LISTEN TO THE SHOW: Three Things Wives Get Wrong About Husbands Imagine if your husband did and said everything you needed to be happy in your marriage, as though he were trying to win the husband-of-the-year award. What kinds of things would he do differently? Maybe he’d redouble his efforts to clean up and maintain the house or show up more for the kids. Maybe he’d be more affectionate, seeking
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How Can I Cope With the Threat of Divorce? When I was on the brink of divorcing my husband, I was desperate to end the pain of constantly feeling rejected and lonely. I also hoped to escape the financial chaos we were stuck in and dreamed of finding a man who would better match me than the Loser Pants I had married. Convinced it was my
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How to Inspire My Husband to Seek My Company? Around here, the TV seemed to be the main problem. If I could just get rid of the TV, I would get a lot more of my husband’s attention–or so I believed. Other women report that their husbands play video games incessantly, or work 117 hours a week, or have poker games every night. Sometimes it’s surfing
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How to Stop Raging for Good? It may not have been my first rageaholic episode, but I have a cringe-worthy memory of verbally ripping my sister up one side and down the other in anger when I was in college. Her crime? She locked my keys in the car. I could not contain the barrage of ugly words that came pouring out of me. I said
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: What to Do to Stop the Silent Treatment When your husband is giving you the silent treatment, it hurts. A lot. I still remember how lonely it was when we had cold wars in my house. Your brain goes into an endless loop of thinking about how to get him to talk to you again. It gnaws at you and colors everything else in your world.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How Can I Be Loved Just The Way I am? I used to think being vulnerable was a sign of weakness. I didn’t think it was particularly desirable to be weak, so the whole vulnerability thing seemed like something to avoid. I knew I was strong and could speak up when something wasn’t right, which I didn’t hesitate to do. I wasn’t afraid to fight city
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How Can I Stop Worrying About My Relationship? When you’re not getting what you need in your relationship, you worry. Are things ever going to get better? Or is this relationship a huge mistake? Is your partner ever going to change, or is this problem, this pain you’re feeling now, going to be with you for the rest of your life? You just want to know
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: 15 Signs You’re Not Controlling What happens when 18 women tell the up-close and personal story of how their marriages were struggling in some way, and describe exactly how they stopped controlling to restore the passion and playfulness? First, you get an inspiring book of best practices for a playful, passionate marriage, which you can then apply to your own relationship. Second, some other patterns emerge.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How Can I Get More Compliments From My Man? When you were dating, your husband probably wooed you with words. He most likely told you how great you looked, or how nice you are, and that he found himself thinking about you at work. Maybe he said he thought you were so sexy it was distracting, and that he loved your beautiful smile, and that he
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: What to Do When Your Husband Cheats When your worst fears are confirmed and you find out your husband has cheated, it’s completely devastating. News of that betrayal likely brings up fury, deep hurt and even hopelessness. To make things even worse, he may try to deny it or react with hostility at the mere accusation of cheating, even though–or maybe because–he is guilty as charged.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How to Make Things Better without His Conscious Effort When your relationship is in the doldrums, it’s tempting to blame your husband for the problems. That was my initial approach and it didn’t help matters. At all! I really believed if he would be more romantic, help clean up more and make more money, everything would be great. Turns out the joke was on me because
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: WHAT TO DO WHEN MY HUSBAND SAYS HE DOESN’T LOVE ME Being married to a man who was once affectionate and thoughtful, but isn’t anymore, is painful and heartbreaking. I still remember what that was like. It hurts just thinking about it, even though that was years ago. But what if the underlying problem was something you could fix pretty quickly, once you knew how? Because
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: HOW TO WORK ON MY RELATIONSHIP WHEN MY HUSBAND REFUSES Some men go to marriage counseling willingly, but most do so grudgingly, and still more flat-out refuse. They won’t read a book about relationships and don’t seem interested in talking about the problems either. It can be incredibly frustrating for a wife who knows that her marriage isn’t what it could be. After all, if he
LISTEN TO THE SHOW: HOW CAN I STOP MY HUSBAND’S VERBAL ABUSE? Is your man cruel at times? Does he swear, yell and call you names? Does it undermine your self-esteem? If so, then you may be verbally abused. What if there’s no fight, no warning and your husband’s harsh, hurtful words appear to be coming out of nowhere? Then what? I’ve made an interesting discovery about verbal abuse and
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