How to Stay Happily Married After Kids

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"How to Stay Happily Married after You have Kids" is playful and poignant with spirited vignettes like "Seduce your spouse with humor," "Be a flasher," and "Experience the post-vasectomy sexual renaissance." Leslie Mancillas and Peg Melnik teamed up to write the book based on the following prescription program for staying sane within the madness of family life: 1. Be an opportunist. Make love whenever possible. 2. Date your spouse. Don’t put off dating for two decades until your kids are conveniently in college. 3. Tend to your spouse. Even adults need to be nurtured. 4. Plan for chaos. 5. Become a top-flight negotiator. Marriage is one long, unwieldy negotiation. Keep closing the deal. 6. Keep close to your spirit. Find ways to nurture yourself. The co-authors firmly believe couples are living their most challenging years when they have children under their roof. Parents inhabit a different world than do those without children, one ruled by the needs of small people. The sheer responsibility that comes with parenthood can, over time, complicate even the healthiest marriage. While the divorce rate in America is at an astonishing 62 percent, staying happily married with children is not an insurmountable challenge as long as you realize it requires a kind of vigilance. It requires perspective, insight and, most importantly, the energy to keep a strong connection with your spouse. The authors use wisdom and wit to detail valuable tips drawn from their own experiences – both positive and negative. The book is broken into six chapters, with a series of vignettes approximately one to three pages in length. Some of the more visual scenes from the book include playing hooky with your spouse, renewing marriage vows at Notre Dame and absent-mindedly driving to work with a plateful of cookies flying off the roof of the car, littering the road. Mancillas and Melnik’s 100-page survival guide will no doubt be a compelling read, the best-selling bible for the married-with-kids crowd.

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A journalist for nearly two decades, Peg Melnik has a great rapport with the printed word. Melnik is the co-author of a nationally sold tour guide and a columnist for a New York Time’s-owned newspaper. "The Napa and Sonoma Book" published by Berkshire House in Lee, MA., is in its sixth edition. More than 100,000 copies of the book have been sold since it went on the market in 1991. "The Napa and Sonoma Book" has given Melnik experience in book publishing, from working with editors to meeting deadlines to serving as a co-marketer. In addition to being a co-author, Melnik is the wine columnist for the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, the heart of Northern California’s Wine Country. For the past three years, Melnik has offered a thought-provoking look at the personalities, agriculture and culture of this wine-growing region. In college, Melnik was a staff writer for the "Daily Illini" a daily newspaper at the University of Illinois, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English. She later earned her master’s degree in public affairs reporting at Sangamon State University. Melnik has been married for 16 years to Tim Fish, a fellow journalist. Together they have two children: Sophie, 11, and Tucker, three. An unabashed romantic, Melnik believes there’s a strong market for "How to Stay Happily Married after You Have Kids." Melnik knows that the big people in the house need to keep their close connection in order for the Lilliputians to thrive. Growing up in New York City as a latchkey kid looking out for two younger sisters and a mom coping with divorce, Leslie Mancillas became a young caretaker. Mancillas used to imagine what a happy family looked like and spent her life endeavoring to create one. Writing, for Mancillas, has always been a passion, a way to express her feelings. She wrote for publications in both high school and college. In 1983, while attending San Francisco State University, Mancillas won the Bob Brown Memorial Scholarship for aspiring journalists. Concerned with the problems facing her peers, Mancillas began producing and hosting youth-oriented radio and TV talk shows while in her teens. She created these programs for CBS, PBS, King Broadcasting and Viacom Cable for more than 10 years. Mancillas’ love of kids inspired her to earn her teaching credential and master’s degree in education. She has been an educator in Northern California for over 14 years. While teaching college English she also publishes student and family books, which are distributed throughout Sonoma County through a local bookstore chain. More than 50 titles have been published, including " The ABC’s of My Family" and "The ABC’s of My Culture." Mancillas has been married to fellow educator Nick Mancillas for 14 years, and they have two children: Tiffany, who is 11 years old and Marisa, seven. Mancillas firmly believes that to stay happily married after kids requires a commitment to proactively nourish the marriage. She feels her efforts in this regard have helped her create the happy family life for which she was searching.

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