Put-downs are a form of control and power, and carry the potential to do major damage to the marriage.
There are lots of ways to get to the promised land of being a successful adult, and many kids aren’t wired to take the conventional path.
If you feel nobody else will listen, your pet will. If you feel nobody else is there for you, your pet will be.
Always own your power and politely decline any part of the negotiation process that makes you feel uncomfortable, disadvantaged, or manipulated.
A husband’s life satisfaction improved—even if he’s in an unhappy marriage—if his wife was satisfied with their marriage.