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"When Patty and I got married, I was a clerk at our corporate headquarters, putting in grueling 12-hour days and learning the business from the ground up so that I could move into management. I knew it wouldn't be easy, because my parents' policy was to promote the older children first. Patty was upset that I didn't spend much time at home, but I was trying to make a life for us. I told her I'd make it up to her.

"When my father passed away, my lunatic older brother Peter took over and promptly fired me because I disagreed with his management philosophies. I found a job in pharmaceutical sales, but it meant losing nearly half of my former income. It was one of the darkest periods of my life. After working my way up, I'm finally earning a decent salary again. But some of my staffers aren't pulling their weight, and it's stressful staying on top of them.  

"Things are just as frustrating at home. It's bad enough that I can't trust Patty with the checkbook, but now Steven, our second son, is just as dishonest as his mother. He begged to go to an expensive ice-hockey camp, but he's been skipping sessions, and Patty has been covering for him. I screamed and hurled my cell phone across the room when I found out. 

"I know I have a bad temper, and I recently started seeing a therapist to find out how to control it. His advice is helping a lot, and when he suggested Patty and I go to marriage counseling, I was all for it. Maybe we can figure out what's gone so wrong in our marriage and set things right."

Continued on page 5:  The Counselor's Turn


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