Everyday Marriage

It was a beautiful spring morning as Todd leaned over to wake his wife with a soft kiss. "Good morning sweetheart." A smile formed on Sarah's tired face. She crawled out of bed and into the shower, as Todd began making eggs and toast. Just as Sarah came down the stairs, she heard Todd yell, "The school bus is here!" The kids rushed past Sarah and out the door. Sarah entered the kitchen to find Todd wolfing down breakfast. "I'll be late," he said. He reached over to touch her arm -- ...
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Strengthening Later Life Marriage

A marriage that lasts through the years brings couples a sense of accomplishment, security, and comfort. Sometimes, though, security and comfort can make it easy to fall into the "old shoe syndrome", where married life becomes dull and partners take one another for granted. Treating a lasting marriage with the appreciation it deserves might be compared to seeing old, worn shoes as "plush suede" or "buttery-soft leather". Just as a proud owner of such shoes would never slosh them through a mu...
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Strengthening Marriage Through Marriage Enrichment Programs

The Family: A Proclamation to the World states marriage partners have "a solemn obligation to love and care for each other." This love and care requires intentional effort. One way is through marriage enrichment programs. Many religious organizations, public institutions, and private groups have developed enrichment programs. The best ones teach couples skills to make their marriages strong, satisfying, and enduring. Underwhelming Participation Unfortunately, very few couples take advan...
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Couples That Play Together Stay Together

The famous saying "families that play together stay together" could also extend to include "couples that play together stay together."  Joint leisure activity and recreation are the fancy names experts use to describe play.  In other words, they describe adults having a fun time together.  Play is not just for kids.  You are never too old to participate in wholesome, fun, recreational activities, and doing so has benefits. In the past, the majority of researchers looked for a positive rel...
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