What to Do When Your Spouse’s Ex Dislikes You

By Conflict, In-laws & Family One Comment

Let’s say your new spouse has been married before–and their ex dislikes you. All you want is a peaceful existence with your new family, but their ex does whatever they can to make your life more difficult. How do you handle that situation? When one or both spouses are married for the second time, it’s not unusual for an ex to be in the picture. That’s especially true if you’re co-parenting children. If your spouse has children with their ex, then naturally, you’ll have to interact with the ex on some level. However, sometimes, an ex-spouse can make your life…

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My Spouse is Always Scrolling On Their Phone! How Do I Stop It?

My Spouse is Always Scrolling On Their Phone! How Do I Stop It?

By Intimacy, Marriage 6 Comments

Does your spouse spend a lot of time scrolling on their smartphone? Is it driving you crazy? Mindless scrolling is a problem millions of people and countless couples have today. If you feel like it’s taking valuable time away from your relationship, you’re not alone. Your spouse may not realize it has gotten out of hand, but it’s an obstacle to intimacy and you’re ready to take care of the problem once and for all. So how can you unglue your spouse from their phone? Have a Calm Conversation First The first thing you want to do is have a…

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How to Nurture Your Marriage While Parenting a Child With Disabilities

How to Nurture Your Marriage While Parenting a Child With Disabilities

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Are you and your spouse parenting a disabled child, caring for an aging parent, or seeing to the everyday health needs of a loved one? The circumstances around being caretakers can impact your time and availability for one another. If you have a child with a disability, you want to be intentional with the time you have for your marriage. Many couples raising children with special needs have tumultuous waters to navigate. There may be seasons when you aren’t able to spend much time with one another at all. This makes it so much more important to support one another…

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How to Find Harmony When Your Spiritual Beliefs Clash

By Intimacy, Self Reflection 5 Comments

These days, it seems we all have busy lives. Because of this, it can be a challenge to find spiritual harmony in your marriage–particularly if you and your spouse were raised in different faith traditions. Maybe you each want to find your own path toward spiritual growth, but you’re feeling a bit of a clash in your relationship. Whatever your situation, it’s possible to grow spiritually as a couple. It’s possible to find that deep meaning you’re both seeking, and you can do that together. Let’s talk about what that might look like. Seek Shared Spiritual Intimacy Rather than trying…

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I Want Another Child, But My Spouse Doesn't. What Do We Do?

I Want Another Child, But My Spouse Doesn’t. What Do We Do?

By Conflict, Marriage 3 Comments

Let’s say you and your spouse have children or stepchildren together already, but you can’t agree on whether (or when) to have another. You desperately want another baby, but your spouse says they don’t. What do you do about it? A disagreement like this could easily create resentment between the two of you over time. So, it’s crucial to go ahead and get the conversation out in the open. Getting on the same page is incredibly important, especially for such a sensitive topic. If you’re feeling a major disconnect with your spouse over the desire for more children, there’s hope….

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How to Confront a Dishonest Spouse

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Have you ever caught your spouse in a lie? If you did, would you know how to confront them? If you’ve ever experienced this gut-wrenching scenario, you know how devastating it feels. Accepting that your spouse has been dishonest is one of the hardest things to do. Deciding how and when to confront them is equally daunting, because now your entire perception of your spouse is in question. What else have they lied about? How long have they been lying? Is this about just one issue, and if so, can we rebuild from here? If your spouse has lied to…

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The 3 Core Components of Romantic Love

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Romantic love is more complex than we think. Most of us grow up thinking we understand love. As we grow, we learn that love is much more intricate than we thought. And, there are different types of love to consider, including familial love, friendship, and romantic love. Marriage has a way of revealing all the ways we can learn to love someone. Sharing your life with another person means you’ll experience things together that you never imagined–both good and bad. Through every season of life, our love will be tested. We must be able to continue showing love for one…

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My Spouse and I Work Together. How Do We Separate Business From Life?

By Careers, Time 4 Comments

Do you and your spouse work together? How can you separate business from your personal life? Maybe you’re both employed by the same company. You might even work in the same office space. Or, perhaps you own or operate a business together. Whatever that looks like, building a healthy work-life balance is essential. It’s not unusual for married couples to work together. And, it’s common for couples like you to struggle a bit with separating business from home. We should know; we work together, too! There are a few simple changes you can make to the way you communicate that…

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Is It Possible For Married Couples to Fight Well?

Is It Possible For Married Couples to Fight Well?

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It’s no secret that married couples fight. Regardless of how long you and your spouse have been together, you will disagree with one another from time to time. But did you know that it’s possible for couples to fight a “good fight?” Couples often come to us to ask how to have a good fight. It seems counterproductive, doesn’t it? Shouldn’t couples aim to avoid fighting instead? Not necessarily. The truth is, working through conflict can actually make your relationship stronger. 4 Essential Components of a Healthy Fight There are several essential ingredients that couples must have to navigate disagreements…

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My Spouse Says I Work Too Much, But I Have to Provide. How Do I Respond?

My Spouse Says I Work Too Much, But I Have to Provide. How Do I Respond?

By Careers, Time No Comments

Are you married to your job? This is a common issue in many marriages. Maybe one spouse owns a business that consumes them, or their 9-5 job is so demanding that they might as well live there. Still, you have to continue providing for your family, so you keep pushing forward. Does this sound like you? Workaholism can cause your spouse to feel sidelined, at best. As you devote most of your time to work, they’re forced to pick up your slack at home. And if you previously spent a lot of time together, they likely resent the current situation….

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