"Dear CMR: Our college student thinks she may have finally met ‘the love of her life’ this semester and has already invited him to a number of family functions. To be perfectly honest, we are more anxious than thrilled. Do I just hide my feelings, or is it best to be truthful about what I see as a possible mistake in the making?" Signed, Speak or Hold My Peace.
With conflict (especially after an argument), what do you do if one spouse is ready to resolve things and the other is still upset and doesn't want to make amends just yet? Where can you go with a situation like this? How do you influence your partner to make amends once a conflict has been finished? Dr. Tim Muelhoff explains some of his thoughts below. Does this sound like something you could try in our relationship?
Continuing their discussion of influence and it's role in relationships, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff turn their focus to marriage. In marriage, what role does influence play? How much influence should there be in decision making? How does your spouse express their opinions and desires? Do you have the chance to express yours? Listen as they discuss influence. Does it spark any thoughts on your own relationship? Share with us!
In marriage, like a lot of other areas in life, there are things that we have to face that are not easy to do or obvious to figure out. Today, Willa Williams answers a very interesting question from one of our followers: How do you handle marriage when your husband is disabled and not able to work, but wants to provide? Read her thoughts below and see if you can think of other solutions to this issue!
How often does conflict show up in your relationship? How often does that conflict resolve in a way that is helpful and affirming to you? Is that even possible? Dr. Chris Grace provides insight on how to grow as a couple through the way you engage in conflict. It can re-establish your connection to the person, rather than breaking it down. Take a listen!
"In marriage, joy functions like engine oil. It reduces relational friction, which not only helps us uphold our commitment but also rejoice in it. Joy runs deeper than happiness because it has the capacity to transcend the details of our lives." Dorothy Littell Greco explains how choosing to find joy in marriage, even in the midst of difficult circumstances, can be a source of life for your relationship.
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