Why Every Couple Should Attend Marriage Education Classes

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Millions of couples have improved their marriage while sitting on their butts! No, they weren’t just sitting around doing nothing: They sat in a Marriage Education class and learned key skills for speaking, listening, understanding and connecting to their spouse. Their reasons for attending the program varied. One or both of them may have felt they were missing something in their marriage. Or, their relationship may have been in the doldrums and neither knew how [...] Read more »

What Schools Shouldn’t Teach Our Kids

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Sending your kids back to school with high expectations for the teachers and administration? As a parent, you want the best education for your child, and that is why you help them with their homework, volunteer at their school, and shuttle them to and from school activities. But many parents have unrealistic expectations for schools to instruct kids on lessons that parents are really responsible for.  Yes Ms. Figgelstone will teach your child grammar or [...] Read more »

Fatherhood and Marriage by the Numbers

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By Steve Cooper (Hitched Media) We’ve all heard the saying (or something like it) before, “Any guy can conceive a child, but it takes a real man to be a father.” So what does that mean exactly? It starts with dads giving their time. A new survey conducted by the Ad Council found that 86 percent of fathers today spend more time with their kids than their own fathers did. This is great news, however, [...] Read more »

The Best Father’s Day Story!

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Father’s Day being upon us, thought I’d share the best love story that is gripping but at the same time inspirational. The repetitiousness of life sets us in a monotonous routine and inspiration is sometimes needed to spark motivation and courage. Dick Hoyt has touched the hearts of many fathers with his example of selfless love and taught us all—even mothers—pure love and what can really come of it. Some would say miracles. Share your [...] Read more »

Research Shows Couples Can Increase Marital Happiness, Even Those on the Brink

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Researchers at Healthy Relationships California have found strong gains in marital satisfaction among 17,245 participants of Marriage Education programs in California, the nation’s largest study on the immediate and long-term impact of Marriage Education. Before taking a Marriage Education course, only 44% of married persons considered themselves happy with their relationship, while 56% were moderately or highly distressed about their marriage. Six months after taking a skills-based Marriage Education course, only 32% of participants were [...] Read more »

6 Ways Dads Can Help Their Kids Honor Their Mom Right on Mother’s Day

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  This is an urgent message to all dads from a dad.  Mother’s Day is fast approaching! Flower companies, Hallmark and jewelry stores have pulled out all the stops to advertise their Mother’s Day specials. Unless you have been on a deserted island for the last three weeks, with no phone, internet access or TV, then you have no excuse to “forget” about this special day for moms everywhere. This article is not a reminder [...] Read more »

Just Released Research Brief! California Relationships Improved by Marriage Education

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Data released by Healthy Relationships California (HRC) from the largest study ever conducted on the impact of Marriage Education classes showed that these programs help couples significantly improve their communication and levels of relationship satisfaction. Surveying 17,245 Californians who took one of several programs available for couples, HRC found a statewide average increase of more than 13% in relationship satisfaction immediately after taking a Marriage Education course, and that this improvement increased to 16% after [...] Read more »

What Do You Have to Say About This?

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“With divorces lingering at nearly 50%, and each divorce generating a social services burden conservatively estimated at $30,000 per divorce, marital outcomes are critical to the overall stability of American society. Marital outcomes impact the couple, their children, their community, and the culture we live in,” ssays David G. Schramm in his research of 2006 (Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Vol. 27(1) 133-146). The social services impact of divorce includes increased government expenditures for program such [...] Read more »

5 Big Lies about Love

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Everything you think you know about love is probably wrong! Common sentiments about love get repeated over and over. Popular sayings get passed on from generation to generation. Ideas about love get affirmed by our “feelings” and by what we hope to be true rather than by logic and meaningful information. Yep, we’ve all been duped when it comes to matters of the heart. Now is the time to crush the romantic fibs out of [...] Read more »

10 Ways to Make Love Into a Lifestyle!

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  People talk about falling in love, losing at love and looking for love. What if you could have a more permanent and reliable relationship with love–one that was not dependent on another person? This entails making love into a lifestyle rather than a life event.  And it has great personal benefits. According to Carol McCloud, author of Have You Filled A Bucket Today?, those “who learn to express kindness and love lead happier lives.” What [...] Read more »