31 Tweets or Texts to Send Your Partner This Month!

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What partner doesn’t want to regularly hear something loving, positive or romantic from their mate?  We all do! In fact, there is a Japanese proverb that says a sweet word will warm three winters. If that’s the case, imagine what a 140-character tweet or short text message could do for you and your mate! Below is a list inspired mostly by Gregory J.P. Godek’s 10,000 Ways to Say I Love You. Over the next month, [...] 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 »

Take Control of Your Anger or It Will Control You!

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Be honest, does your anger get the best of you at times? Does it seem to take over when things get heated with your partner or your kids? Gary Chapman, marriage expert and author of The Five Love Languages says, “Anger is like FIRE. Control it. Use it. Be motivated by it. Whatever you do, don’t ignore it.” Why? Because anger is toxic. For those who stuff their feelings and keep it from coming out, [...] Read more »

How to Change Your Partner

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How many times have you tried to “change” your partner? Do you hint, nag, complain, guilt trip, intimidate, threaten, or give ultimatums? We all do it! My husband used to use humor during serious conversations or sensitive moments. I would ask him to stop, but that would cause him to do it more. With a stronger tone, an angrier face and with firm posture I would tell him to stop. But that would make him [...] Read more »

Kraft’s Contest Calls for Marriage Education

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The tangy taste of Miracle Whip is loved by some and hated by others. But Kraft, maker of the salad dressing, has kicked off a “Not for Every Relationship” contest that is stirring up a whole new controversy. Why? Because they are offering $25,000 for the winning story to go towards a couple’s wedding…or divorce. For some, this is simply a humorous campaign; for others, it is the source of great concern. Beverly Willett, the [...] Read more »

How 3 Women Treated Their Depression and Improved Their Marriage Too

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Three women treated their depression that didn’t involve a doctor, therapy or drugs.  It was a Relationship Education class of all things. The following women recently attended a Relationship Education class sponsored by Healthy Relationships California: ✦“Relationship Education helped me with my husband because I was seriously depressed before. When my husband would tell me something I would get very angry and yell. Before I was very jealous and we fought a lot and now [...] Read more »

Those Aren’t Fighting Words, Dear (NY Times)

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“Let’s say you have what you believe to be a healthy marriage. You’re still friends and lovers after spending more than half of your lives together. The dreams you set out to achieve in your 20s — gazing into each other’s eyes in candlelit city bistros when you were single and skinny — have for the most part come true. Two decades later you have the 20 acres of land, the farmhouse, the children, the [...] Read more »

Daily, Monthly & Yearly Ways to Keep Your Relationship Alive

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In a Sonoma Valley Sun article, “The ecology of marriage,” Dr. Jeffrey Low has several recommendations to “keep (your) relationship loving and healthy.” He gives some daily, monthly and yearly things you can do to keep your relationship alive. His suggestions: Daily – It takes just fifteen minutes a day to maintain the connection between two people. This is not just some random number, but the result of scientific studies demonstrating that if two people [...] Read more »