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The Gift of Disappointment

All marriages face disappointment. It doesn’t matter how well matched or how mature we are. We shouldn’t feel worried about occasional bouts of disappointment. We should feel concerned if we get stuck there. When we experience disappointment and it’s neither spouse’s fault (such as a loss of employment due to corporate downsizing or infertility), we…

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Overcoming Hurtful Words — Interview with Janell Rardon

In Janell Rardon’s book, Overcoming Hurtful Words, she challenges readers to “reflect, reframe, and reauthor” their thinking to thrive in all areas of life. Focusing on the foundational importance of communication in marriage, I asked Janell, a Board Certified Life Coach, about the power of words in marriage, finding hope in trying times, and where…

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Finding Happy Independence in Marriage

When couples exchange nuptials they probably aren’t thinking about being independent in marriage, but there is a need for independence. Without it, couples can feel stiffed and cramped, and sadly most marriages find the path to independence often through a divorce. Freedom in marriage is necessary, but when freedom is untamed, it can be destructive….

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