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5 Ways Not to Communicate with Your Wife

We all know that men and women often communicate in very different ways. So to find out how not to communicate with your wife, I decided to ask my own wife, Susan, for some helpful tips.  First, she told me never to approach your wife with attack intensity.  She explained that when communicating with a forceful attitude rather than a soft demeanor, your wife will become defensive.  Second, she warned that a...
Aug 19, 2013 / Communication

How to Be a Better Listener

In marriage, it’s wise to think first…then think again…and then say what’s on your mind.  For example, your spouse forgets to take out the trash for the hundredth time, or leaves the garage door open after you’ve asked them to close it when they get home.  Well, before you let them have it…wait. Think about what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it.  The goal should be to help your spouse understand...
Aug 09, 2013 / Communication

Marriage Communication: Chinese Food Method

It’s all about the sweet and sour.  When you talk to your spouse are you complimentary and sweet? Or are you critical and sour?  Most of us are generous with the sour ingredients in marriage.  When our spouse messes up, we’re quick with criticism.  But when they do well, we reserve the compliment.  We save the sweets for a special occasion.  Most people give out six times as many sour sayings for every one that’s...
Jul 18, 2013 / Communication

How to Earn the Respect of Your Spouse

When it comes to making decisions, marital tension can rise more than a few degrees.  Do you respect your spouse’s judgment? If you have a foundation of mutual respect and love, the temperature can stay cool and comfortable.  So, here are some ways to regulate that marital thermostat and earn your spouse’s respect.  First, love your spouse.  Without genuine, selfless, unconditional love, nothing will succeed,...
Jun 27, 2013 / Communication

The Top 10 Marriage Fights

A fascinating Civil War story happened in Winchester, Virginia.  During the conflict, the city changed hands between the North and the South over 70 times!  Talk about fighting the same battle over and over again.  The same thing happens in marriage. We often fight about the same issues.  She doesn’t communicate well enough.  He doesn’t really listen to her.  He spends too much time working.  She spends too much...
Jun 26, 2013 / Communication

5 Ways Not to Communicate with Your Husband

“He just doesn’t understand.” Or, “He doesn’t listen,” you say. Well, that may be because you’re communicating with him the wrong way. Here are 5 Ways Not to Communicate with Your Husband. First, with bad timing. There are certain times that your husband does not want you to unload problems on him or give him a list of things he needs to do. When he walks in the door after work, when he’s eating dinner, when he’s...
May 16, 2013 / Communication

Marriage Battle: The Same Old Fight

During the Civil War more than half of the skirmishes took place in Virginia, and each battle was just a continuation of the previous fight. Same reasons… same territory… different days. Sometimes marriage is like that.  You have the same fights over and over about the kids, the money, the romance.  The list goes on and on. But rather than continuing to take up arms, join hands and draft a resolution. Flip the...
Mar 27, 2013 / Communication



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