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Advising the Next Generation
Advising the Next Generation
03/12/2013
Dr Laura,
 
Your books, The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands and The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage were instrumental in helping provide guidance to my son and daughter-in-law. Having experienced more than one marriage I was not sure I was the right person to advise my daughter-in-law and ultimately my son regarding their marital problems. 
 
My ex-husband is an alcoholic and although I tried hard to provide a happy and stable home for my kids, it was less than perfect because of obvious problems. My son got married unexpectedly and I was unsure of all the "whys" regarding the marriage. Almost immediately after the wedding, the young couple started having problems due to many extra stresses in their lives. My daughter-in-law would call me almost daily. I had always enjoyed listening to you on the radio and liked your direct no-nonsense approach to relationships, so I purchased and sent them both your books and suggested they read them together. Much to my surprise they did and the messages hit home for both of them. 
 
My current husband is an awesome gentleman and I know that our relationship is a great role model for the kids. In fact they have told us as much. 
 
Over the past two years, they have often commented about things they read in the books. They have also encouraged other young couples they know to heed the advice from your books.  I know of three young couples personally that your advice has helped put them on the right track. 
 
I continue to send my daughter-in-law information from your website and direct her to your Youtube videos. She pays attention to the messages and they are a very close couple. I have told them I want to support them and hope to see them have a long and happy marriage. My son is a Marine and will deploy for the third time to Afghanistan this spring after their second child is born. He is being permitted to delay his departure until the baby's birth. 
 
They are handling the stresses of life as a team now and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
 
In gratitude as a mom and a grandma,
 
Marjorie
Tags: Grandmother, In-Laws, Marital advice, Mother-in-law/Daughter-in-law, Parenting, Relationships, Relatives, Second marriage, Stress, The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage
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