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Happily Married...with kids! If you are like many parents, that phrase feels like a long lost dream. Along with that tiny bundle of joy comes a pile of new priorities and a required shift of lifestyle. As more demands are made on families, many couples may sense they have married a stranger. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be a fairy tale! Carol Ummel Lindquist, Ph.D. is here to offer you guidance through the pitfalls of marriage and family. Submit your questions on improving communication, balancing work and family, enjoying your kids, reviving your sex life, and more! Learn how to make time for yourself and your marriage. Discover how to find your best friend and support system -- in your marriage! Your entire family will be the beneficiary.

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Carol Lindquist

Carol Ummel-Lindquist, author of Happily Married with Kids: It's Not Just a Fairy Tale, received a Masters and Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology at the University of Illinois and completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at the University Psychological and Counseling Services in Champaign-Urbana. She is a board-certified clinical psychologist and a Professor Emerita of psychology at California State Fullerton, where she has trained other marital therapists for more than twenty years.

Dr. Lindquist retired from California State University Fullerton to devote her time to private practice, workshops for couples with children and completing a book "Happily Married With Children", published by Berkley Press. She lives with her husband and two sons in Laguna Beach, California.