Communication and Conflict

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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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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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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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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

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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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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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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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Turning Your Marriage Around

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

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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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