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The Truth About Marital Happiness

In a report from the National Survey of Families and Households, over 1,000 married adults said they were "unhappily married.”  Five years later, the same people were interviewed again. Nearly 80% of the couples who decided to stick it out and stay together considered themselves "happily married" and "much happier.”  Of the couples who got divorced, only 19% reported being happy. The moral of the story? If you’re...
Aug 23, 2012 / General

Marriage: Giving It All You've Got

The male Zeus bug, a tiny water bug common along Australia’s east coast, hitches a ride on the female for up to a week, counting on the female to feed him and mate with him at will. That’s a bug’s life. It’s all take and no give. Sound familiar? Well, in the lives of humans there’s a law of diminishing returns when one side always gives and the other always takes. Marriage needs to be a 100%/100%,...
Apr 18, 2012 / General

8 Great Dates for Moms and Sons

Moms spend a lot of time with their children, it’s the nature of the job.  But well thought out, one-on-one time with our kids is harder to come by. So get out your calendar and make it a priority.  Before you go, plan on using the time you have together to really get to know what your child is feeling and thinking with our Conversation Goal suggestions. Here are 8 great dates for moms and sons.  And, don’t miss...
Apr 04, 2012 / General

The Bachelor: True Love or Something Else?

Last night was the highly anticipated finale of The Bachelor.  People tuned in from all over to see if Bachelor Ben would propose.  After nine weeks of dating as many as 25 women at once, the Bachelor gave out the final rose.  But is this an act of true love or something else?  Love is patient.  Love is kind.  Love is all about giving, not getting.  It’s about giving selflessly and sacrificially to another...
Mar 13, 2012 / General

Nov 15, 2011 / General

Nov 15, 2011 / General

Are You Always Fighting with Your Spouse?

Maybe you’ve had a bad day at the office, or you’re stressed about the bills. You’re grouchy, you’re ready to unload, and you let the words fly. You take out your frustration on your mate hoping they’ll take the bait. Well, there’s a better way to vent.  Instead of creating conflict, try these 3 ways to fight conflict in your marriage.  When you see your spouse, just say, "I’m cranky." They’ll ask why, and that’s...
Nov 09, 2011 / General



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