When Two Become Three

Nurturing Your Marriage After Baby Arrives

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Raising children is one of life's greatest joys, but the impact of introducing a child into a marriage is staggering. Many couples don't realize the relational stress that parenting can cause. Most parents experience decreased intimacy and increased conflict. They may even find themselves asking, "Am I still in love?"

When Two Become Three helps couples recognize the inevitable challenges to their relationship that occur during the childrearing years. It provides practical advice designed to help couples nurture their marital relationship in order to ensure it remains strong during this phase of life and beyond.


"We all want to be well-prepared for a coming baby, but what about after the baby arrives? Dr. Crawford walks you through this family transition time with ease and grace, giving practical and useful help."--Linda S. Mintle, PhD, PureMedia Group, Inc.

"Every couple needs to soak up every page."--Dr. Tim Clinton, president, American Association of Christian Counselors; author, Turn Your Life Around

"When my son and his wife were expecting their first child, I said to him: 'You have no idea how a baby will change your life.' How I wish I could have simply handed him this book by my respected friend and colleague. I know this subject has been on Mark's heart for a long time, and I am delighted to see his passion to help couples preserve and nurture their marriage, while joining the fraternity of parenthood, in print. I can say unreservedly that it should go on the 'must read' list for every couple expecting a baby, and it will also be a valuable resource for those who have already found themselves treading water while trying to survive the transition from couple to parent."--Freda V. Crews, DMin, PhD, licensed professional counselor; host, Time for Hope TV talk show

"With joy and anticipation, couples go to great lengths to prepare for their new roles and responsibilities as parents. Unfortunately, they're often blindsided by the enormous impact that the birth of a baby inevitably has on their marital relationship. In his book When Two Become Three, Dr. Mark Crawford reveals the problems and pitfalls that can threaten even the strongest and most loving relationship. With a compassionate, common-sense approach, Dr. Crawford shows couples how to make the challenging transition from partners to parents and offers them practical ways to nurture the love and intimacy that brought them together in the first place. When Two Become Three is an invaluable tool for new parents who want to give their children and their spouses the greatest gift of all: the gift of a happy, healthy marriage."--Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, MSEH

"When Two Become Three contains rock-solid, practical advice for both new and experienced parents. The greatest gift you can give your kids is a strong, healthy marriage that lasts a lifetime. Mark Crawford shows you how in this wonderful book. If your goal is to maintain a strong, intimate marriage as you raise your family, then consider this book required reading!"--Tommy Newberry, author, The 4:8 Principle and Success Is Not an Accident

The Author

  1. Mark E. Crawford

    Mark E. Crawford

    Mark E. Crawford, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and cofounder of Lyles and Crawford Clinical Consulting, P.C. He is the author of The Obsessive-Compulsive Trap and a contributor to The Complete Parenting Book and Caring for People God's...

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