Dear Dr. Romance:

Last week my husband and I had an argument over something so small like not getting up to give our kid his medicine. Just because I didn't get up he started calling me names and he pushed  me from the bed.  Currently, we decided we needed time apart so we came on  an agreement that I would leave to my mothers house for some weeks.  We  have had constant fights over little things and also things like our attitudes  and our high pride. We were already thinking of heading towards divorce after 2 years, but we came to an agreement that maybe there is hope for us and  marriage therapy can help us save our marriage and keep our family  together.  We have 2 kids 6 mos. and 1 1/2 . We love each other but we need  help.  We really want to save our marriage for us and our kids.  

Dear Reader:

Thanks for writing. I'm glad you and your husband have decided to try and grow up, and work it out. Divorce won't really separate you, you'd still be tied together by the kids.   It would be a tragedy for your children if you kept on fighting like second graders, and worse if you divorced. A good therapist or counselor can help you fix the problems.  "Guidelines for Finding and Using Therapy Wisely" will help you find someone suitable.  In the meantime, both of you can follow the steps in "Asking for What You Want" and "How Not to Fight" to minimize your fighting. How to Be Happy Partners: Working it out Together will show you how to work with each other to solve problems instead of fighting.

Happy Partners

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Author's Bio: 

Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist in S. California since 1978 with over 30 years experience in counseling individuals and couples and author of 13 books in 17 languages, including It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction; The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again; Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage, The Commuter Marriage, and her newest, Love Styles: How to Celebrate Your Differences. She writes the “Dr. Romance” blog, and the “Happiness Tips from Tina” email newsletter.