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Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

How to Navigate Personality Clashes with Your Spouse and Kids

How to Navigate Personality Clashes with Your Spouse and Kids

By Relationships 3 Comments

When we marry, we aren’t always fully aware of every nuance and facet of our spouse’s personality. As we get to know one another, we learn more about what makes them tick–and what aspects of their personality might clash with ours over time. It’s a normal part of living and sharing intimacy with another human being. The same holds true for your children. We may not realize it, but it’s very possible that our children’s personalities could clash with ours. That’s not normally something that a hopeful or new parent is prepared for, but it’s a reality in many families….

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Help! We’re Staying Married for the Kids. Is That Enough?

By Marriage 3 Comments

It’s not uncommon for married couples to drift apart and experience loneliness, particularly after having children. Maybe there’s a lack of emotional intimacy or shared activities. Either way, you’re not spending much time together anymore, and you’re starting to feel like you’re only staying in the marriage for the kids. Humans crave intimacy and connection. During the newlywed years, we tend to have an abundance of this intimacy and closeness. But when life’s obligations begin taking over, it can start to feel like we’re drifting away from each other. We might expect to maintain the same level of closeness during…

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4 Ways to Practice Generous Grace in Your Marriage

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Marriage isn’t always easy. Living life with another human being, as closely as you must live with your spouse, means that there will be times when you need to extend grace. And it’s essential to be generous with your grace. We’re broken people building lives together; that’s just reality. When we marry, our quirks, flaws, and selfishness come along with us. These very human characteristics inspire disagreements, frustration, and friction from time to time. How we choose to respond to our spouse’s shortcomings builds and shapes our character. And our ability to extend grace, forgive, and correct our own mistakes…

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6 Unique Recreational Activities to Enjoy With Your Spouse

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When it comes to shared recreational activities, there is a wealth of options available. Whatever your interests, it’s possible to tap into resources to help you pursue those activities together. Sometimes, though, we need a little help coming up with ideas. Just like you, we understand how busy life is and how hard it can be to come up with ideas when you’re tired and tapped out. That’s why we’ve rounded up six ideas for unique recreational activities you can enjoy with your spouse. Let’s jump into it. 1. Boating At a glance, the idea of boating might sound straightforward….

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Why You And Your Spouse Should Try A New Shared Activity This Spring

By Recreation One Comment

Do you and your spouse spend time together in shared activities? A shared activity can be anything you do together, from a hobby to a sport or other recreational activity. These activities will look different from one couple to the next, depending on your interests and your preferences (such as whether you enjoy physical, high-impact activities or prefer something more lowkey). The most important thing is finding pastimes that you can spend time doing together. Wondering why you and your spouse should try a new shared activity this spring? We’ve gathered a few of the most important reasons, so let’s…

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5 Ways to Focus on Rest and Rejuvenation With Your Spouse

By Marriage, Time One Comment

Life is hectic, with so many challenges and daily distractions to keep us busy and exhausted. Many of us struggle to find time for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Does this sound familiar to you? When you have careers, a marriage, a family, and outside obligations, it’s easy to let your needs fall by the wayside. Oftentimes, sleep and self-care are the first things to go when you’re overwhelmed. But in order to live life to its fullest, you and your spouse both need to know how to make more time for rest so you can refresh yourselves on a regular…

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How to Support Your Spouse Through a Career Change

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Changing careers is daunting. No matter what stage of life you’re in, a career change can be especially disruptive to your normal routine. Depending on whether you’re making a major job change or starting an entirely new career, this situation can look different. It won’t be the same for every couple. If you need help supporting your spouse through a career change, we’ve got you covered. The most important thing is to stick together through the process. Now, let’s jump into how to do that. 1. Set Realistic Expectations Early On You and your spouse need to expect that making…

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Before the Wedding: Resources for Engaged Couples

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Wedding season is approaching, and many couples all over the world are getting ready for the big day. Are you and your fiance prepared–not just for the wedding, but for your married life, too? Whether you’re newly engaged, planning your wedding, or walking down the aisle this year, there are some important things you need to know before you get married. In this post, we’ve pulled together some helpful resources for you, all in one place. We want to equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to succeed for years to come. Ready to dive in? Let’s go….

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Is It Okay to Take a Break During a Fight?

By Conflict 3 Comments

The idea of resolving a disagreement or ending a fight as quickly as possible is a popular one, particularly in marriage. But what if the fight lasts a long time? Is it okay to take a break when that happens, or do you have to push through? When you’re in the midst of an argument with your spouse, it feels highly uncomfortable. It’s natural that you’d want to resolve the disagreement and get back to normal as soon as you can. But sometimes, it takes longer than you’d expect to resolve a challenging issue. And sometimes, that means you’ll need…

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How to Balance Your Priorities in Marriage – Part 2

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Last week, we began a two-part series on balancing your priorities in marriage. We discussed what unbalanced priorities can look like in marriage, and we began sharing tips on how to start getting your life into better alignment. If you missed that post, you can read it here. To briefly recap last week’s post, the first two things you and your spouse can try doing to get your priorities in order are to open a dialogue about the issue, then practice empathy as you begin to explore it. Showing understanding to one another will go a long way toward helping…

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