Planning to Grow Your Family – Part 2

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Last week, we shared Part 1 of a two-part series about some of the discussions you and your spouse should be having as you plan to grow your family. We’ll continue the series this week. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, you can find it here. Here are some of the conversation points we covered last week: You and your spouse should be sharing and negotiating expectations before you have children, if at all possible Likewise, discussions on how to divide responsibilities also need to happen early Discuss how to prioritize one-on-one time with one another, even as your…

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Planning to Grow Your Family – Part 1

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Are you and your spouse expecting a child? What about planning for future children? Either way, it’s going to be important for the two of you to put your heads together and start making plans for the coming changes. Adding children to your family, whether it’s your first child or your fifth, always brings change, and that’s a wonderful thing. But if you and your spouse haven’t discussed the everyday things that will inevitably shift, you need to start communicating as early as you can. Having a plan for how you’ll handle daily obligations and resolve potential conflicts will help…

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Spiritual Intimacy Roundup: Connecting With Your Spouse on a Spiritual Level

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One of the most overlooked aspects of a solid, godly marriage is spiritual intimacy. This connection between you and your spouse transcends all others, creating a lifelong bond that will carry you through every season of your marriage together. If you’re interested in deepening your spiritual intimacy, then this post is for you. We’ve collected some of our top resources on spiritual intimacy to give you and your spouse a running start at this all-important aspect of your relationship. 1. The Importance of Spiritual Intimacy Many married couples don’t talk enough about spiritual intimacy. In fact, that topic tends to…

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Listening 101: Tips to Help You Better Hear Your Spouse

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A common theme in marital conflict is the idea that one or both spouses don’t feel heard. Has your spouse ever told you that you’re not hearing them? If so, there are some things you can do to help them know that you’re listening–or that you’re working to understand where they’re coming from. It’s frustrating to hear that your spouse feels unheard or misunderstood, especially if you’re doing your best from one day to the next. However, it’s possible for effective communication to break down before either of you realize what has happened. The good news is, it’s possible to…

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Help! My Spouse Doesn’t Hear Me. What Can I Do?

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Do you feel unheard, unseen or misunderstood by your spouse? If this sounds familiar to you, keep reading. It’s common for people to feel as though their spouses don’t fully understand where they’re coming from–or even hear what they’re trying to say at all. The good news is, you’re not alone. Even better, it’s possible to solve this problem. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about some ways to help you reconnect with your spouse and rekindle the intimacy you’re missing. Step 1. Tell Your Spouse How You’re Feeling If you haven’t already tried to broach the subject with…

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5 Important Ingredients for Stronger Communication in Marriage

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Communication is key to a successful marriage. This likely isn’t a surprise, but it bears repeating. You and your spouse may share a life together, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re communicating effectively. Issues with communication often translate into other problems, such as a loss of intimacy. Many couples have stronger communication in the early days of their relationships, through dating and the honeymoon period. But ongoing, strong communication requires a consistent effort from both spouses, through all seasons of life. Being able to talk to and understand one another is one of the primary components of intimacy. If…

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Recreation Roundup: How to Make Time and Memories Together This Summer

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Looking for ways to enjoy recreation and shared activities with your spouse this summer? We can help. In this post, we’ve gathered some of our best resources on recreation and shared time to help inspire you throughout the summer months and beyond. Ready to learn more? Let’s jump into it. 1. Seek Adventure Together It’s easy to make memories together when you’re seeking adventure as a couple. What adventure looks like to you will vary from season to season. For example, newlyweds on a budget might enjoy a quick weekend getaway to a local tourist attraction or national park. Parents…

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Why It’s Time to Start Dating Your Spouse Again

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It’s time to start dating your spouse again. Dating is the foundation of most new relationships. It’s a time when you’re excited to be together. You’re doing your best to impress and attract one another, and you’re getting to know each other. When you’re dating, you’re taking the time and effort to be curious about one another and to learn as much as you can. You’re excited to be together, and you can’t wait for the next date. There’s a sense of anticipation for each meeting, and you can’t seem to get enough of being together. Contrast that with married…

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3 Tips for Coping With Competitive In-Laws

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Family relationships can be complicated. This is especially true when you marry and combine families. If your in-laws happen to be competitive, this adds an entirely new layer of issues to navigate. When you were single, you only had to manage the relationships within your immediate and extended families. But when you married your spouse, you gained their family as well. And that means that you multiplied the number of relationships that you now need to manage and nurture in your life. Many people find it difficult to manage their relationships with in-laws. This is often due to a number…

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How to Navigate Personality Clashes with Your Spouse and Kids

How to Navigate Personality Clashes with Your Spouse and Kids

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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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