Help for Married Couples Who Fight About Nothing

Conflicts between married couples are a normal part of growing together. But there’s a difference between conflicts that involve working out solutions and conflicts that break out into a fight. Solution-focused conflicts often bring couples closer to each other. Fights usually leave one or both spouses feeling hurt by the other and are often about […]

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Couples’ Fights Over Finances aren’t about the Money

When married couples fight about finances, it’s most often about spending and saving. Seventy-two percent of couples with conflicts over money have a problem with their spouse’s spending. Just as many said they have trouble saving money. This is according to the National Survey of Marital Strengths conducted by Prepare/Enrich.  It comes as no surprise […]

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Why Families Should Be Intentional About Sharing Experiences

Chocolate tastes better when it’s tasted with another person. Happy movies produce more happiness when viewed with others. Pleasant images bring more enjoyment when seen with someone else. These findings are from recent research on the effects of shared experiences on our well-being.Social psychologist Erica Boothby along with colleagues at Yale University conducted the chocolate-tasting […]

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Your Child Needs These Back-to-School Study and Homework Habits

One of the summertime joys of parenting is taking a break from supervising kids’ after-school studies and other homework. For many kids, it’s a time for staying up late, sleeping late, and prioritizing fun. Once school is back in session, many parents find themselves needing to help their children get back into the routine of […]

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3 Communication Skills Married Couples Need

Contrary to what you may see on the covers of magazines in the check-out line at your local grocery store, great sex isn’t the most fulfilling aspect of a happy marriage. Sex is number four. Most happy couples rank communication the most fulfilling thing about their relationship. That’s the finding from a The Normal Bar […]

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4 Good Reasons to Save Your Marriage

“This marriage was a mistake.” That’s the conclusion of many disappointed husbands and wives who at one time dreamed of living happily ever after with their spouse. Men and women in this state of mind often see divorce as the best remedy for their unhappiness. Then, sooner or later, over half of the men and […]

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3 Rules Married Couples Need about Their Parents

Married couples often struggle with how to deal with their parents. Disagreements on how much, or how little, influence to accept from their parents is often a source of conflict, especially for newlyweds and new parents. Sometimes parental advice feels like meddling, especially when it involves grandchildren. Other times it’s not the parents’ advice that’s […]

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5 Signs You’re Too Critical of Your Spouse

You might be too critical of your spouse and not know it. You probably think you’re providing “feedback,” or “constructive criticism.” But from your spouse’s point of view, you’re too negative. Criticism often creeps into marriages unnoticed at first. It’s likely to have been present before a couple’s wedding day. It escaped notice because it […]

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Tell Each Other These Stories to Strengthen Your Marriage

My wife and I like to talk about our first kiss. The first time I kissed her, it was still common for people to rent video tapes to watch movies. We had rented and watched The Empire Strikes Back, the second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy. We were in her parents’ home that […]

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What to Do When Your Marriage is Out of “Touch”

Married couples seem to do less hand-holding, kissing and cuddling with each passing wedding anniversary. The decline in physical touch among these couples could indicate that they’re increasingly “out of touch” with each other on a relationship level. When marriages result from a social bond built by mutual emotional and physical attraction, physical touching during […]

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