Communication and Conflict

Wife and husband standing back-to-back, both appear unhappy

Article

How Can I Forgive My Spouse?

Tony Evans

To overcome unforgiveness, we need to deal with our emotional wounds and let them heal.

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Article

How Childhood Experiences Impact Marriage Relationships

Kay Yerkovich with Milan Yerkovich

Our childhood experiences and the way our parents related to us have imprinted certain thought patterns and behaviors on us.

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Article

Reconnect Through Meaningful Conversation

Greg Smalley

It takes intentionality to overcome the tendency for talk with your spouse to morph from meaningful to administrative. Deep, meaningful conversation is a must for couples hoping to stay connected.

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Darrell and Stevie Waltrip in the late 1970s.

Article

NASCAR'S Darrell Waltrip: Racing Through Life

Matthew Branaugh

NASCAR's Darrell Waltrip and his wife, Stevie, raced through life until a recorded sermon and an almost fatal accident changed their lives.

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Article

Emotional Safety in a Troubled Marriage

Vicki Morgan

Taking responsibility for a better marriage begins by recognizing your need for help and then creating emotional safety in your relationship.

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Series

Women and Anger

Learning how to attack the issues without attacking the people you love can be a challenge. This series of articles can help you overcome anger and build stronger relationships.

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illustration of married couple arguing

Article

Learn to Fight Fair

Dr. Les Parrott with Dr. Leslie Parrott

If you cultivate a cooperative attitude with your spouse, you will save yourself a lot of grief. And you will have found the secret to fighting a good fight.

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Wife and husband jogging together on wooded path

Article

The Husband Whisperer

Erin Smalley

Create a heart-to-heart connection, even when your man is reluctant.

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Illustration of a couple walking away arm-in-arm from their objects of warfare: a pile of household items, each with an arrow shot into it

Article

Marriage Is a Battle . . . But Not Against Each Other

Greg Smalley

Every marriage has a mortal enemy, a mighty nemesis named selfishness. Dr. Greg Smalley offers insights on how to win the battle in your marriage without fighting each other.

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frustrated married couple

Article

Humility Makes a Difference in Marital Conflict

Greg Smalley

Pride leads to conflict in marriage, so what are you doing to nurture humility in your own heart?

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married couple praying before a holiday meal

Series

Giving Thanks Together

The holiday season is a perfect time to count your blessings and to offer thanksgiving to God. See if your heart change doesn't impact your mood, your relationships and your perspective.

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married couple separated by a wall

Article

Fight for Your Marriage When Your Spouse Is Emotionally Distant

Greg Smalley

When we feel threatened, we build emotional walls that don't allow our spouse into the deepest parts of our hearts and minds. The emotional distance can cause marital problems.

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Article

When Your Apology Falls Flat

Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas

People have different apology languages just like they have different love languages. A person may apologize, but the apology is not perceived as sincere because it's spoken in a different language.

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husband, wife and child on a couch cheering for football

Article

Get Through This Year’s Football Season With Your Spouse

Greg Smalley

It's that time of year again — changing leaves and cooler temperatures. Football season is here. Does your spouse feel like a football widow?

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wife and husband actively listening

Series

L.U.V.E. — A Five-step Communication Process for Conflict Resolution

A big step in your journey to healthy conflict is to communicate using the L.U.V.E. talk method. This is a five-step communication process that stands for Listen, Understand, Validate, Empathize (and Apologize).

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

Episode

Arguing Well in Your Marriage

Dr. Scott Stanley offers couples practical advice on establishing patterns of healthy conflict in their marriage.

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wife and husband looking frustrated about communication

Article

How Birth Order Affects Your Marriage

Kevin Leman

Because of birth order, the place in their families of origin, spouses have different experiences growing up, and that shapes behavior, personalities and relationships with each other.

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Article

How Fighting Can Help Your Marriage

Greg Smalley

Healthy conflict can facilitate communication, understanding, trust and respect if we choose to manage our differences and disagreements in nourishing ways.

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Close-up of man and woman back-to-back

Series

Dealing With Your Differences

Dr. Scott Stanley offers basic insights to help couples lay a solid foundation in their marriage so differences and conflict don't drive them apart.

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young husband and wife talking in a restaurant

Article

Positive Communication in Marriage

H. Norman Wright

Couples can build a healthy marriage when they offer encouragement to bring about change, growth and the fulfillment of potential.

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Husband and wife seen through a window at a diner

Article

What Your Communication Says About Marriage

Carey Casey

How a wife and husband communicate with each other tells other people a lot about their relationship. Your marriage can be a witness of Christ's love.

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married couple back-to-back but smiling

Article

To Know and Be Known

Henry Cloud

Dr. Henry Cloud describes how vulnerability makes a difference in marriage as it builds trust and empathy between a husband and a wife.




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Focus on the Family Weekend

Episode

Learning to Effectively Communicate With Your Husband

Authors Greg and Erin Smalley offer couples practical tips on improving communication in their marriage.

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

Episode

Learning to Effectively Communicate With Your Husband

Authors Greg and Erin Smalley offer couples practical tips on improving communication in their marriage.

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