The Early Years

Focus on the Family Minute

Episode

It Doesn't Really Matter

Jim Burns encourages you to let go of the small things and embrace your spouse in the way God created him or her. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Starting Your Marriage Out Right (Part 2 of 2)

Best-selling authors Jim Burns and Doug Fields offer practical advice to engaged and newlywed couples in a discussion based on their book The First Few Years of Marriage: 8 Ways to Strengthen Your "I Do." (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Minute

Episode

One Percent

Doug Fields suggests that one percent of your time can create a stronger connection with your spouse. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Starting Your Marriage Out Right (Part 1 of 2)

Best-selling authors Jim Burns and Doug Fields offer practical advice to engaged and newlywed couples in a discussion based on their book The First Few Years of Marriage: 8 Ways to Strengthen Your "I Do." (Part 1 of 2)

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husband and wife on a sailboat with a sunset background

Article

How to Keep Your Marriage on Course

Jim Burns

All couples risk drifting apart. By observing three principles — scheduling dates, admitting to brokenness and seeking spiritual intimacy — a couple can keep their marriage on course and enhance it.

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Happy bride on the day of her marriage getting into car, assisted by her husband

Article

6 Things About Marriage I Wish I'd Known Sooner

Nancie Lowe

Ladies, do you find yourself being snarky to your husband way too often? I’ve done that — and worse. If I could go back and sit down with my newly married self, here's what I would tell her.

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couple relaxing on floor

Article

Faith Conversation: Knowledge

Neil T. Anderson

If we want our faith in God to increase, we must increase our knowledge of God and His ways. This couple’s devotion will help you encourage your spouse to build and increase his or her faith.

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husband serving breakfast in bed to his wife

Article

The Thing We Learned About Marriage from the Cable Guy

Dave Willis with Ashley Willis

Many marriages operate like a cable company. They give the best of themselves initially, but that royal treatment doesn’t last long. Here's a tip on how to keep from taking your spouse for granted.

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Focus on the Family Minute

Episode

It's for the Long Haul

A new bride is always looking for marriage advice. Laura Schupp shares what she told her daughter. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Making Your Kitchen the Heart of Your New Marriage

On this lighthearted broadcast, authors Laura Schupp and Erin Smalley offer helpful suggestions to brides for establishing their new home in a discussion based on Laura's book, Our Newlywed Kitchen: The Art of Cooking, Gathering and Creating Traditions

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

Be a Participant, Not an Obstacle

Ladies, if you're a newlywed, I should warn you: there's another woman in your husband's life – his mother. But take heart – you can keep your relationship with your mother-in-law from turning adversarial.

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groom talking on phone bride disgusted

Article

'Me' to 'We': A Guide for Newlyweds

Lucille Williams

I married the wrong person. But my marriage lasted through harsh words, hateful actions and more. What do you do if you feel you married the wrong person? How do you go from "me" to "we"?

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Young couple looing at pregnancy test results

Article

So You're Gonna Be a Daddy

Joseph Schneller

Get ready for parenthood, Dad. You may find yourself on an emotional roller coaster and unsure how to proceed. In the meantime, your wife is preparing in her own way. How will you two connect? 

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

The Importance of Leaving and Cleaving

Pastor Ted Cunningham offers wisdom to newlyweds about the importance of separating emotionally, relationally, and financially from their family of origin in order to form a strong bond with their new spouse.

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Lisa and Al Robertson

Article

Al and Lisa Robertson Share Wisdom for Young Couples

Pam Woody

Al and Lisa Robertson, of A&E's hit television show "Duck Dynasty," share words of wisdom with newly married couples trying to build a solid relationship amid the responsibilities of building a career, buying a home and starting a family.

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Illustration of a husband and wife holding hands while standing on a neighborhood sidewalk in front of a church and several houses

Article

Your Marriage Needs Community

Greg Smalley

Family and friends have an active role to play in marriages. What can you do to build a community that encourages healthy relationships for husbands and wives?

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

Article

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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grandpa and grandson installing flooring

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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grandpa and grandson installing flooring

Article

The Many Roles of Grandparents

Jerry Schreur and Judy Schreur

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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grandparents kissing granddaughter

Article

Grandparents as Role Models

Jerry Schreur and Judy Schreur

Grandparents can be role models for their grandchildren. Creative grandparents model morals, gender and values.Grandchildren often look to their grandparents for how life is to be lived.

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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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unhappy couple staring at each other

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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