From Dr. Jane's Notebook

As time goes by. . . 

Long beyond child-bearing and child-rearing, parents continue to grow and change individually and as couples. Theories of family development suggest that family crises occur whenever family members join or depart from the family unit. Early on, many years are spent adjusting to the changing stages of children; later on, we must adjust to the changing stages of growing older.

Consider the following relationship issues and how couples must adapt:

Understand the keys to lifelong happiness and personal satisfaction have never been as important as they are today. Couples are living longer and retirement often occurs at younger ages than even before. Thus, when we speak of life-planning, we are no longer just referring to the years of our careers and as families who are busy with child-rearing. In her best-seller, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells describes life as an experience which is short but wide. I agree. And since it keeps changing, we all still have much to learn.

©Copyright, 2001, Jane R. Rosen-Grandon. All rights reserved.

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