In-laws Article: Hitched/December

January 7, 2009, 12:27 am     No Comments »

The following article was published in Hitched Magazine in December of 2008. (This article is exclusive to Hitched Magazine.)

5 Tips for Being a Great Spouse During The Holidays
By Jenna D. Barry

It’s no surprise that the holiday season can be a stressful time of year. Not only do we have the usual responsibilities—such as our jobs, childcare, and household chores—but we have to squeeze in time for all of that holiday cheer. That’s right, I’m talking about stringing Christmas lights, decorating the tree, baking cookies, buying presents, writing Christmas cards, and spending time with friends and family. Although most of these activities are meant to spread joy, we often find ourselves too busy and exhausted to enjoy them. That’s why it’s especially important this time of year to provide strength and support for each other. (Read the rest.)

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Hitched Article: January

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The following article was published in Hitched Magazine in January of 2009. (This article is exclusive to Hitched Magazine.)

How to Be a Terrific Spouse
By Jenna D. Barry

Whether you have been married for 6 months or 60 years, you can learn ways to become a better husband or wife. In fact, the happiest couples I know are the ones who make a deliberate effort to learn how to make their marriage better and better. Many people are required to take continued education courses to become better employees. Imagine how much lower the divorce rate would be if we were required to take continued education courses to become better spouses! (Read the rest.)

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You may be quick to blame your in-laws for your marriage problems, but in reality the biggest part of the problem isn't your in-laws, it's your husband's loyalty to them.  When a man marries, he is supposed to transfer his loyalty from his parents to his wife. His behavior plays a key role in how well you get along with his parents.  The goal of this book is to help you gain your husband's loyalty.

If you are in need of hope and encouragement, this book is for you!  Jenna Barry offers hilarious, heartfelt advice about how to have a terrific marriage in spite of difficult in-laws.  As a wife who has personally experienced the despair that comes from having an unsupportive partner, she suggests specific things to say and do to gain your husband's loyalty.  This book won't teach you how to become best friends with your in-laws, but it will teach you how to think and behave in a new way so they no longer have any power over you.  A Wife's Guide to In-laws has over 40 cartoons, two fun chapters written just for your hubby, and worksheets to help the two of you reach loving compromises about common problem issues.

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About Jenna

As a wife of 22 years, Jenna D. Barry (a pen name) has learned how to gain her husband's loyalty through communication, persistence, and a whole lot of love.  She has familiarized herself with the needs and frustrations of other wives by participating in on-line in-law support groups and by talking to marriage therapists, friends, family, and co-workers.


Jenna is the author of the book, A Wife's Guide to In-laws:  How to Gain Your Husband's Loyalty Without Killing His Parents. She has been a radio guest on The Mike Bullard Show and her articles have been published in newspapers, websites, and magazines worldwide.  She writes monthly articles for Hitched Magazine and has been quoted in The Washington Times,, The London Free Press,, etc. She leads a support group for daughters-in-law right here.



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