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The Next Step in Marriage Counseling

Yesterday, I talked about knowing when you need counseling. Today I'd like to talk about how to choose a marriage counselor. After finally deciding to get help, many couples are overwhelmed with the sheer numbers of counseling options. Most couples begin by searching the internet. Another good choice is to ask a family doctor or trusted minister for suggestions. But the best referrals for marriage counselors come...
Jan 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage

14 Ways to Affair Proof Your Marriage

This week we are featuring the 5 most popular Family Minutes from 2010. Today is Number 1...You start by sharing your problems with them; they share their problems with you. Then the friendship deepens. You start giving each other mutual support and encouragement — especially about your unmet needs. That encouragement becomes an attraction . . . like a powerful magnet. Then, before you know it, you may even...
Jan 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage

Resurrect a Dying Relationship

You feel like it's flat lined. There's no pulse—not a breath of life remains. Before you pronounce it dead on arrival, there are four basic tools you can use to resurrect that dying relationship. First, patience. It took time for your relationship to need resuscitation; it will take time for it to get well again. Second, determination. Choose to be committed to each other for life, no matter what, and work...
Jan 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage

How to Make it Easy for Your Spouse to Cheat

Research shows that most men admit sex is thereason behind their infidelity; women say it’s unmet emotional needs.Now, there is never an excuse for beingunfaithful, but it’s possible to get so caught up in the routine of life thatyou forget about the needs of your spouse. If you’re stuck in a marital rut,here are four things you can do.First,calendar physical activity. Do a sport, hike or walk together. Second,...
Jan 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage

Trial Marriage?

The marriage rate has been on a steady decline over the past five decades. Why this disturbing trend? It's because some people think that living together rather than getting married is the way to go. The number of unmarried couples living with each other jumped from 1.6 million in 1980 to 13.6 million in 2008. Are there consequences for co-habitation? Well, findings from Pennsylvania State University indicate...
Jan 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage

Online Infidelity

Websites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Classmates are in the business of connecting people. Long-lost friends and classmates can be easily found, and relationships restored. But there's a downside to social networking, too, especially when an old flame makes contact. In fact, marriages are breaking up over these "re-acquaintances." For some people, the temptation is just too much to handle. Your spouse...
Jan 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage

Two Sides to Every Story

Some people wouldn't say much, but some would say degrading things about their spouse. Sure, affairs do happen when things are going well in a marriage. But sometimes, there have been years of neglect and loneliness…years of two people failing to give and love. As my wife and I often say to each other, there are always two sides to every story. And just as it may take two to pull the relationship apart, it takes...
Jan 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage



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