Okay, this is something I wrote a few years ago when we were having a class on marriage at church. It may be a little conceited of me to presume to give marriage advice, but I will say that these things have worked well for us, and we have lasted more than 20 years.
Incidentally, there is some formatting in this that I can’t seem to fix, so if it looks like something is being emphasized over something else, it isn’t, I just can’t fix the highlighting. Stupid Word.
(In No Particular Order)
- Always, always, always tell the truth to each other and to your kids. And to everyone else for that matter.
- Say “I love you” often. We always make it the last thing we say to each other before hanging up the phone, or leaving to go somewhere.
- Physical touch is very important. I’m talking about non-sexual touching: holding hands, hugging, patting his/her back as you walk by. Lots of kissing, lots of hugging. We don’t even let the kids sit between us during church.
- We sit next to each other in restaurants, not across a table. We always ask for a large enough booth that we can sit next to each other.
- Have time alone with each other, at least 30 minutes 3-5 times a week. Do this while the children are awake, making it clear that you are not to be interrupted, with real consequences for interrupting you. Children need to know that mommies and daddies need alone time. It actually makes them feel
- Have a lock on your bedroom door, and use it, even when the kids are asleep!
- Pray together regularly – we always pray at meal time, including other matters besides the food. I also pray with the children every morning before they leave for school.
- Be sure to count bThis is my main and most successful financial advice.
I should add that I didn’t think all of these up. They are a compilation of my own experience, advice I’ve gotten from others, and hints culled from various books. Any mistakes are their fault. 🙂
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