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How to Listen to Your Spouse–Not Just Hear

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Is listening important? Why is what we hear more important than what we say in our conversations? It’s been said that the first duty of love is to listen. When we feel heard, we feel loved, known, and understood. Listening is all about communication, and it’s an important skill to cultivate and practice with your spouse. In today’s video, we’re discussing the importance of effective listening when communicating with your husband or wife. When your spouse is communicating with you, it’s important to listen to the verbiage–not just to the words being said, but the underlying emotions. Then, reflect those…

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6 Reasons a Kid-Free Adventure Together is a MUST

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If you and your spouse have children, you know that parenthood is an all-consuming role–especially when the kids are young. Daily routines trump adventure most days, and you find yourself longing for a little time alone together. You might feel a little guilty at the thought of taking a kid-free adventure together, but trust us–it’s healthy for your marriage, for the two of you as individuals, and for your kids, too! Today, we’re sharing 6 reasons why taking a kid-free adventure together is a MUST for your marriage and your family. Grown-Up Time How often do you get time to…

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Raising Independent Daughters: Instilling Strength & Self-Assurance

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How can I raise my daughter to feel strong and self-assured enough to avoid being dependent on men? You’ve taken time to consider women’s roles in society, and the boxes they often find themselves forced into. But you have a daughter, and you want something different for her. You don’t want her to be dependent on men for approval, or to fulfill her dreams. Instead, it’s important for you to teach your daughter she’s capable of creating a future of her own. So what do you do? In today’s video, I (Leslie) am discussing some ways you can help your…

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How to Build Friendships with Other Families

By Communication, In-laws & Family, Time 7 Comments

With the crazy fast pace of the world these days, having a family of your own–plus keeping up with all life’s demands–can feel very isolating. It takes all you’ve got just to get your family through the day…so you’re not sure how to even begin building intentional friendships with other families. The good news is, it’s possible! You can build relationships with other families, and have fun doing it. Today, we’re sharing 3 practices you can put into action right away to start getting connected with other families. Get Connected Friendships are built on having things in common–whether it’s a…

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That Time of the Month: Coping With Her PMS

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Why do women get a free pass to act however they want during PMS–and we men just have to put up with it? Trust me (Leslie)–women do not want to act out of character during premenstrual syndrome (PMS)…that lovely time of the month before “that time of the month.” You’d be hard-pressed to find any woman who relishes the upheaval of hormones and emotions that occurs during PMS. It’s really a miserable thing to experience. In today’s video, I’m talking to husbands about constructive ways to handle their wives’ PMS. PMS is an illness with no external symptoms, but on…

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7 Fun STAYcation Ideas for You and Your Spouse

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Taking a vacation isn’t always about hopping in the car or on a plane and heading to the beach or mountains. Sometimes all you need for a restful mental break is an intentional pause in your weekly routine and some time with your spouse. Have you ever considered a staycation? Maybe you don’t have any extra money to travel right now, or you’re preparing to welcome a new baby and need to be close to home. A staycation is an affordable way to break up the daily grind, spend time with your spouse, and rejuvenate your mind and body. So,…

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What to Do When She’s Always Running Late

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How can I get my wife to pay more attention to time? She’s always late and it’s embarrassing! This reminds us of a song by Brad Paisley called “Waitin’ on a Woman”…except it seems that you do mind waiting. It sounds like your wife’s chronic lateness is really getting to you! So is there anything you can do about it? In today’s video, we’re discussing strategies for becoming more aware of your approach to time…and what to do about it. All of us have our own time style. Some people have a harder time managing their schedules than others do….

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Summer Dreams: Why You Should Unplug and Go On An Adventure Together

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Summertime and adventure go hand in hand. Oftentimes, family vacations ramp up this time of year–and what cherished times those can be. Today, though, we are talking about the importance of taking some time away with your spouse to unplug and go on your own summer adventure together. When we think of adventure, we often believe it has to be an extended time and needs to take place in some far-off land. If that is something you can swing, great–but it doesn’t have to be a roadblock. You can have adventures  halfway across the world or even in very own…

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Extended Conflict: 5 Tips for Overcoming a Stalemate

By Communication, Conflict, In-laws & Family, Self Reflection 14 Comments

Inevitably, you and your spouse will run into issues you can’t agree on that will lead to friction in your relationship. Instead of letting conflict simmer, unresolved–where it will eventually burn up your relationship–allow it to shed light. It’s frustrating and painful to get locked in a stalemate with your spouse…the one person you really don’t want to disagree with. Here are 5 tips for overcoming an unresolved conflict in your marriage. Don’t Avoid Conflict In the short run, it’s very easy to avoid conflict. But long-term, it can be damaging–so you can’t ignore issues, especially if you’ve reached a…

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Clash of Careers: Whose Is More Important?

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Our career pursuits can sometimes clash. Whose career should take priority? When you and your spouse are both very passionate about the future, your career, and your dreams (both individual and shared), those things can sometimes collide.What do you do when that happens? Whose career and dreams should take precedence? In marriage, it’s important to negotiate a shared relationship–because when the goals and dreams of two people in a marriage clash, things can get very complicated. Today, we’re talking about ways to work together through conflicting career goals. Goals often require one spouse to sacrifice on the other’s behalf. Even…

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