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Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

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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How to Balance Your Priorities in Marriage – Part 1

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Every married couple has to revisit and balance their priorities from time to time. It’s natural for life to ebb and flow, and it’s also common for couples to occasionally find themselves struggling to meet one another’s needs in some way. Whatever out-of-balance priorities look like for you, we want you to know that it’s possible to navigate this challenging situation and come out on the other side stronger than before. So what does it look like to balance your priorities in marriage? The answer is, it really depends. Today, we’re sharing a few general tips to help you and…

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One Thing You Can’t Afford to Skip When You’re Engaged

By Engagement 3 Comments

When you’re engaged, there are so many things to do. You’re in the middle of dreaming of your new life together, planning a wedding, and enjoying the time you get to spend with your fiance. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the responsibilities and checklists, but there’s one thing you can’t afford to neglect during your engagement: pre-marriage counseling. Pre-marriage counseling is one of the most important things you and your fiance can do in the lead-up to the wedding day. This type of counseling involves working with a licensed counselor, or a minister experienced in helping engaged couples,…

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What To Do When Your Spouse is Diagnosed With A Chronic Illness (Part 2)

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In our last post, we began a discussion about how to support your spouse when they’re diagnosed with a chronic illness. These diagnoses can be debilitating, and have the potential to permanently alter what your life looks like from now on. How you respond to the situation, particularly by supporting your spouse, will affect your shared experiences going forward. If you’d like to read part one of this series, you can do so here. As a quick recap, the first things you can do to support your spouse include: Pausing to understand your spouse’s condition and how it might be…

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What To Do When Your Spouse is Diagnosed With A Chronic Illness (Part 1)

By Marriage 5 Comments

When we get married and say our vows, we commonly include the phrase “in sickness and in health.” And when we’re young and vibrant, it’s often difficult to grasp what this actually means. For some married couples, one spouse might eventually be diagnosed with a serious chronic condition. When either partner receives this kind of diagnosis, it can rattle the entire landscape of the life you’ve built since the beginning of your marriage. In many ways, illness can alter the way your day-to-day life looks–not only for the spouse who received the diagnosis, but for your whole family. A serious…

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