Communication and Conflict

Focus on the Family Weekend

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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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God Can Use Your Past to Shape Your Future

Greg Smalley

In John 5, Jesus heals a crippled man and then tells him to pick up his mat and walk. Can our "mats" help us be grateful to and dependent on God—even in marriage?

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Effectively Communicating With Your Husband

Erin Smalley

Erin Smalley challenges wives to avoid criticizing their husbands. She's found that effective communication in marriage includes encouragement and positive feedback.

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The Laws of In-Laws

Gary Chapman

Create boundaries while still showing respect.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Two Ears, One Mouth

You know the old saying God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason. Dr. Gary Chapman explains how to balance listening and talking in your marriage. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Hearing the Heart in Marriage

In marital communication, we need to hear more than words. James Robison shares about listening to his wife through his heart. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Women are Women, Men are Men

What would you say is one of the biggest challenges to create a successful marriage?  Men communicate like men, and women communicate like women.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Fire of Conflict

Have you ever seen a home gutted by fire?  The destruction is hard to describe.  What about a marriage consumed by a fire of conflict?  That kind of destruction can be even worse.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Transparency in Marriage

Transparency about your past is important to your marriage.  Author Vicki Courtney shares how she told her husband about a life-altering event from her teenage years. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Disengaging a Fight in Marriage

You can avoid some arguments by rephrasing your statement. Psychologist, Dr. Kevin Leman, says a lot of marital conflict happens when your words sound demanding. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Understanding How Birth Order Impacts Your Marriage

Psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman explains how birth order affects your relationships with your spouse, and offers advice on managing challenges in your marriage that stem from your placement in your family of origin.

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How to Navigate the Stress of the Family Holiday Road Trip

Greg Smalley

What is the key to surviving the holiday family road trip with your spouse?

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Focus on the Family Minute

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What's It Like Living With Me?

Dr. Larry Crabb, hopes you’ll find the courage to ask that hard question of your spouse. But be prepared to listen for a couple of hours with an open heart. Listen to the Full Program here.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Marriage Value List

Differences between husbands and wives can create a lot of conflict in a marriage.  Dr. Greg Smalley shares a better perspective.  Listen to the Full program here.

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The Love and Respect Principle

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The 'Love and Respect' Principle

Once you and your spouse understand what it means to love and respect, relational landmines can be avoided.

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The Power of Healthy Conflict

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The Power of Healthy Conflict

Healthy conflict can actually take your marriage to deeper levels of intimacy.

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Series

Turning Your Marriage Around

Attitudes and the thoughts that form them are important, especially in marriage.

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bride and groom with both sets of parents

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In-Law Relationships

If you've become engaged in a war with your in-laws, don't let it erode your marriage further.

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Learning to Communicate

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Learning to Communicate

Most couples need help to discuss their needs in a productive way.

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husband with ears covered, wife shouting and pointing

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Fighting Fair

Conflict. For some spouses, it's a way of life. For others, it's a word they refuse to entertain.

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Husband and wife embracing

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Learn to Speak Your Spouse's Love Language

If we learn our mate's primary love language – and speak it – we will have a happier spouse and a better marriage.

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Q&A: Resolving Conflict

Expert advice on dealing with conflict in relationships.

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Devotional: Communication and Conflict

Focus on the Family

We are called to be attentive to one another in marriage, to stop and listen and to learn about each other.

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