You’ve heard all the jokes about men’s midlife crises-the new sports car, the new exercise regime… and the new girlfriend. But when you’re the wife trying to cope, it’s no laughing matter. All relationships have their difficult times, but when a previously sensible man morphs into an angry stranger, and you’ve twisted yourself inside out in an attempt to please him, maybe it’s time to stop trying to change yourself and focus on the real cause of his conduct.
How to Survive Your Husband’s Midlife Crisis: Strategies and Stories from The Midlife Wives Club (Perigee Trade Paperback; May 2003; $13.95) is an encouraging book that contains strategies and stories that help women stay sane when their husbands lose their minds. A midlife crisis can devour a relationship, but this supportive book, which includes the latest research and controversies on male midlife crisis, gives women advice from both midlife wives and experts on:
- Recognizing the symptoms of male midlife crisis
- Coping with the threat (or reality) of infidelity
- Handling bad behavior, thrill seeking, financial irresponsibility, or substance abuse
- Identifying underlying problems like depression and anger
- Deciding when to stick it out-and when to pack it in
- Protecting children from the fallout
- Making it through the crisis…and coming out stronger and more self-reliant.
With personal stories from real women (and men), a list of resources, and a heartening sense of humor, How to Survive Your Husband’s Midlife Crisis can help smooth out the rough spots and turn a tumultuous time into a change for the better.
Written by Gay Courter & Pat Gaudette, Founder of The Midlife Wives Club.