The Early Years

married couple looking serious

Article

We All Marry the Wrong Person

Erin Smalley

It's easy to keep our character flaws covered up when we aren't living in the most intimate covenant relationship on earth — marriage. But married life has a way of exposing us.

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Choosing to Love Your Husband

Jen Hatmaker

Do you feel overwhelmed trying to be the perfect wife in a perfect marriage? Join Jen Hatmaker in escaping impossible standards and fighting for grace.

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Mark Shultz with son, Ryan, and wife, Kate.

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Mark Schultz: Finding Harmony

Troy Griepentrog

Read how musician and Dove Award winner Mark Schultz learned to be a better husband by studying his wife, understanding her love language, serving her — and watching her dad.

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Series

The Many Roles of Grandparents

Creative grandparents play several roles. They are historians, mentors and role models, all of which are significant and important as grandparents seek to love and nurture a new generation.

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extended family with kids opening Christmas gifts

Article

Christmas and the In-Laws

Susan Alexander Yates and Andrea Gutierrez

As you juggle family expectations, experiencing a Christmas of real peace can be difficult. Talk ahead of time with your spouse, discussing solutions and compromises before the in-laws arrive.

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Article

The Worst Marriage Advice Ever!

Greg Smalley

Some marriage advice is helpful and given with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, other well-meaning counsel is misguided and useless. Here's a summary of the worst marriage advice I've heard.

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Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks

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Soul Surfer Meets Her Match

Jeremy V. Jones

Newlyweds Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks are off to an excellent start.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

When to Have Kids

Choosing when to have kids is a very personal decision, and couples wait for a lot of reasons.  But many family experts agree that waiting for the perfect time may not be the best decision.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

Fall in Love More Every Day

At his nephew’s wedding, Ken Blanchard said something unusual. He told the young couple he hoped their wedding day would be the moment they loved each other the least. That may sound like a curse, but he actually offered them a blessing.

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Unmet Expectations

Series

When Expectations Meet Reality

There are many things that newlyweds experience and one of them is disillusionment.

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Developing a Healthy Sexual Relationship

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Developing a Healthy Sexual Relationship

If you want a deeply satisfying sex life, you must become a student of your spouse.

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Becoming One

Becoming one is something that takes effort and persistence.

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Series

Preparing to Start a Family

Couples who arrive at a shared vision and a purposeful approach to starting a family are able to experience greater joy in their marriages and in their future roles as parents.

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