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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

Date Night: Do Something Different

Does it sound something like this? "What do you want to do tonight?" "I don't know, what do you want to do?" "I don't know… is there anything at the movies?" Then you find yourself sitting in a dark theater, not talking to each other, watching a movie you really didn't want to see anyway. Instead, do something different. Go for an evening picnic at the beach or lake. Play tennis. Go bowling. Check out your...
Jan 01, 1970 / Dating Your Spouse

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

5 Things Men Must Know about Women

This week we are featuring the 5 most popular Family Minutes from 2010. Today is Number 5...That's often a source of confusion and comedy for men. But understanding what a woman wants is no laughing matter. In her book, For Men Only, Shaunti Feldhahn breaks it down for us. She says that men need to understand that a woman wants to go beyond logic and knowledge in relationships. Women need to "feel" five...
Jan 01, 1970 / Husbands

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

Love Your Wife

Is it taking your kids to the zoo? Reading them a bedtime story? Sure…good things. But loving your children's mother is absolutely the best thing you can do. Why? Well, a husband and wife, who let their kids know they love each other, provide a secure, safe environment for their children. Here's what a child thinks: "If Dad and Mom are happy with each other, then home is a safe place and a sure thing." A...
Jan 01, 1970 / Husbands

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



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