Staying Connected

By Suzanne Gosselin
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Use conversation to stay connected.

In every marriage, it is important to be intentional about connecting through conversation. Set aside some quiet time as a couple to talk about your relationship and the reasons you are thankful God brought you together. Pray and ask God to bless your marriage as you take on your new role as parents. Ask each other the following questions:

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you feel our marriage is weathering pregnancy?
  • What do you feel your primary needs are right now? Discuss them with your spouse.
  • What is something we would like to do – “just the two of us” – before the baby arrives?
  • What are some ways we can make our home a marriage-centered home?
  • How can we plan to keep passion and sex alive in our relationship once the baby comes?
  • If money wasn’t an issue, what would be your dream vacation in the next 10 years? With kids? Without kids?
  • What is the one thing that is most frustrating about your life right now?
  • How would you describe your ideal day off?
  • What part of your day do you most look forward to? Why?
  • What makes you feel closest to me as your spouse?
  • How do you feel about the church we attend? Where is the best area to invest in our church family during this season of our lives?
  • Let’s imagine our child is grown and going through premarital counseling. The counselor asks him or her to describe our marriage. What do you hope our child will say? What can we do to create a marriage like that?

Adapted from Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood, a Focus on the Family book published by Tyndale House Publishers Inc. Copyright © 2014 by Focus on the Family.

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About the Author

Suzanne Gosselin

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is a regular writer and editor for Focus on the Family and former editor of Clubhouse Jr. magazine. She has written books for Zondervan, Harvest House, and Tyndale, and is the author of Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood. Suzanne is also the co-author of Grit and Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms. She lives …

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