Brad and Angelina Treat the 7-Year-Itch with a Wedding

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Two of the world's most famous movie stars are getting married after years of refusing to do so - in large part because "that's what happens in the movies." Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been together for seven years and have finally decided to tie the knot. They say they're making this decision because their kids have begun to ask why they're not married, since movies so often depict weddings along with happily-ever-after (http://nydn.us/I4UekD).

Two of the world's most famous movie stars are getting married after years of refusing to do so - in large part because "that's what happens in the movies." Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been together for seven years and have finally decided to tie the knot. They say they're making this decision because their kids have begun to ask why they're not married, since movies so often depict weddings along with happily-ever-after (http://nydn.us/I4UekD).

Many are saying it's an interesting choice for a couple who made such a big deal out of not being married. But family and relationship therapist Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil says it makes sense that their kids would want this for the family. "Kids are in tune with these sorts of things, it's important to them, to make them feel more secure. There is something about marriage that makes them feel more safe in their family because they're more grounded. They also feel their parents have less chance of break-up when they're married." This is in contradiction to what it seems the couple has been afraid of - that by getting married they would be sounding the death knell of their relationship, but it seems Brad and Angelina are taking their kids' priorities to heart. It will help the kids not feel abandoned.

"They seem to be doing it for the kids and not themselves," says Dr. Bonnie, "but - as I discuss in my book Make Up Don't Break Up - marriage is an important step not just for couples but for kids in the picture as well. It can be easier to live with 'one foot out the door' if you're not committed to marriage."

Interestingly, this decision comes after rumors of relationship trouble, and in their seventh year year as a couple. Perhaps they are bucking the trend of the "seven year itch" by deciding to get even more committed. Says Dr. Bonnie: "Their kids aren't the only ones who can benefit from this heightened level of commitment. I suspect Brad and Angelina will as well. Kids have emotional antenna, and can sense what's going on relationally with their parents, this is probably a good move for all involved."

Dr. Bonnie suspects a marriage will go a long way toward conveying a sense of security to both kids and parents alike.

To find out more about Dr. Bonnie's work with parents, couples, and kids, watch her video here: http://youtu.be/BjrqJoWX3K4

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Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil's best-selling book, Adultery the Forgivable Sin is being re-released under a new distributor and making its appearance available in eBook format and print on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Adultery-Forgivable-Bonnie-Eaker-Weil/dp/1587768151/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321019076&sr=8-1). Adultery the Forgivable Sin was also made into a Lifetime Original Movie starring Kate Jackson.

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, PhD, is also author of the 2010 New York Times Reader’s Choice Award-winning book Make Up Don’t Break Up with accompanying DVD. Dr. Bonnie is a marriage counselor treating couples, singles, and step families. She works with those considering breaking up, people who have committed adultery, and couples who want to strengthen their relationships damaged by resentment or unresolved anger, teaching people to “fight” to increase passion, bring back magic and restore the sizzle.

As a marriage and family therapist, Dr. Bonnie teaches Smart Heart Dialogue along with intimacy, communication, and connection tools, and counsels families and children.

Named the Best Local New York Therapist by the US Commerce Association two years in a row (2011 and 2012) and known as “The Adultery Buster” and the “No. 1 Love Expert,” she is the best-selling author of other books like Can We Cure and Forgive Adultery?, How Not to (S)mother Your Man and Keep a Woman Happy, and Financial Infidelity: Making Money Sexy.

Dr. Bonnie was named by Psychology Today and NY Magazine as one of America's Best Therapists and is presently featured and available now on the Discovery Health/Oprah Winfrey Network documentary titled "Unfaithful" (http://bit.ly/GSP0KB) and A&E on addictions. The San Francisco Chronicle, which interviews Dr. Bonnie regularly, voted her one of their love experts.

Also find her on Good Morning America, on the Today Show's three-day series on infidelity, The Oprah Winfrey Show five times, and a four day series on Fox TV regarding dating. She appears frequently on ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC News, The View, 20/20, and CNN; and is often featured in USA Today and the New York Times. Visit Dr. Bonnie at http://www.DoctorBonnie.com.

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