Online Dating for Marriage

I have often been asked, “Should I do online dating? Is that really a good idea?” I always respond with the question, “Why the hesitation?” “I just don’t know if I can actually find a lasting relationship online.” I think it’s interesting that so many people have the same concern about dating online. So does…

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10 Ways to Cope with Your In-Laws

Does your mother-in-law really get under your skin? Does your father-in-law drive you absolutely crazy? Or maybe it’s your spouse who has some friction with your parents. Either way, if you plan on staying in a happy marriage, you’ll have to learn how to deal with your in-laws effectively. Most couples struggle with in-law issues,…

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How to Practice Self-Care in Marriage & Family Life (and Why You Need To!)

Sure, we all know that we need to take time for self-care and to balance our lives between family & marriage obligations. But let’s be honest. When your life is hectic, and you struggle to find time to do the things you have to do, self-care is the first thing thrown out the window. Well,…

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7 Steps to Fixing a Lonely Marriage

Feeling distant from one another in marriage is such a common problem. You may feel like your spouse is not interested in you anymore. Your spouse may feel miles apart from you. You may even be wondering if you are still in love. If you have tried to reach out to your spouse but feel…

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How to Resolve Differing Parenting Styles

Differing parenting styles can wreak havoc on a marriage. When I work with couples, this is one of the most common issues. It makes sense. Just imagine how this little other person that suddenly enters your lives changes your relationship! When a married couple becomes a parenting couple, the responsibility is tremendous and it can…

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Don’t Let Cultural Differences Wreck Your Marriage

All marriages take work, but cross-cultural marriages take even more work because of so many variances in individual expectations, beliefs, behaviors, and values. If culture differences are not managed well, disappointment can arise pretty quickly over unmet expectations and general frustrations in day to day responsibilities. What makes it even more difficult is that the…

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Are Your Friendships Appropriate? How to Know For Sure.

Friendships are some of the most important relationships we have. Marriage partners can’t be everything to one another, after all, and even though your spouse should be the primary person in your life, you still need other close relationships. You both do. So what’s the rule around opposite gender friendships (for a heterosexual marriage)? Should…

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3 Proven Ways to Put the Sex Back in Your Marriage

I know plenty of couples who just have sex without intimacy. I also know couples who have neither sex nor intimacy. I don’t know any couples who are intimate without sexual activity, however. Why? Because when you take care of intimacy, physical sexual contact follows. It’s true. Now every couple is different in terms of…

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How to Make Your Marriage Better this Year

In the new year, we habitually make resolutions. And we habitually fail before the year is over. This is usually because our resolutions are too unrealistic or too difficult to tackle all at one time. When it comes to resolutions about our marriages, we fail because of those two things as well…and one more very…

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4 Steps on How to Handle the Holidays When Your Relationship is Struggling

Family life is full of celebrations and rituals such as birthdays, weddings, and graduations. We’re all required to attend certain events or make appearances during the holidays. But what if your marriage is struggling this holiday season? How do you get through the family holiday party together? With grace is the best choice, of course,…

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