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Marriage Strengthening Tip #18: Decision Making Should Be a Team Sport

How you make decisions with your spouse is a really big deal.  Just think about all of the factors that can complicate it: differences in opinion, gender, personality, background, priorities, and as much as anything, preferences!  A marriage where both spouses have all identical preferences exists only on...

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Marriage Strengthening Tip #17: Do You Disagree, Argue, or Fight?, Part 5

I'll wrap up this five part series on two notes: a) when one of you "wins" in a disagreement, the relationship loses; b) there is a way for the relationship to always win--simply disagree RESPECTFULLY!  Your objective should be to decide the best way forward, not to win or be...

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Marriage Strengthening Tip #16: Do You Disagree, Argue, or Fight?, Part 4

Now to the very core of the secret as to how you can actually disagree respectfully as opposed to fighting.  Here is a guideline my wife and I utilize, and we find that it takes a lot of hard work to apply it.  Heads-up, you will likely have the motivation to apply it only if you take scriptures like this...

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Marriage Strengthening Tip #15: Do You Disagree, Argue, or Fight, Part 3

Okay, let's be generous with ourselves and say that only about 75% of the time we start arguing with our spouse is the result of round # ___ of the blame game.  I have a feeling that the next biggest percentage of the time it starts as a result of simply advocating for something we want.  One spouse wants...

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Marriage Strengthening Tip #14, Do You Disagree, Argue, or Fight?, Part 2

Want to know what will get a marital disagreement off to a bad start from the git-go?

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Marriage Strengthening Tip #13" Do You Disagree, Argue, or Fight?

Marital disagreements or arguments in which you remain civil are not only acceptable, but inevitable.  It's fighting (verbal swordfights) that erodes the relationship, much like relentless ocean waves do a shoreline.  If your goal is to stop arguing all together (even in civil ways), or to never again...

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