Posts Tagged ‘communication’
In his message for the 49th World Communications Day, Pope Francis highlights the family’s unique role as the place in which all humans first learn to communicate. In this capacity the family has the privilege of teaching its members how to carry the witness of loving communication into the larger society.
“A marriage should be a place where problems can be shared without fear and truth can be expected without doubt.” Timothy and Donna share about a difficult little situation Donna was recently in, and the relief that came from sharing it with Tim.
People tell me that they are not good at talking on the phone or face to face and so resort to texting. My question is, “What would you have done before cell phones?” Well, they would have developed their communicate skills and overcome their inability. But that is not the case today. Unfortunately, it’s far […]
Stacey reflects on the four danger signs of impending communication breakdown and how her and Joshua’s communication style has changed over the years.
An interesting new study looks at how text messaging changes when a couple gets married. Does this apply to you?
Moving into a new house, Josh reflects on the struggles that even time-tested marriages face, and how spouses can try to overcome them.
(Reader’s Tip) If you do something wrong, don’t say, “I’m sorry,” which doesn’t need a response. Say, “Will you forgive me?” The other spouse has to say “yes” or “no.” If “no,” you need to talk
(Reader’s Tip) Speak to your spouse the way you would to a stranger or a co-worker. Be kind.
Could watching movies help prevent divorce? A recent study shows the positive effects that discussing the relationships that are portrayed in film can have on one’s own relationship.
Is social media helpful to relationships or harmful? This article looks more deeply into the effect social media is having on relationships today and our ability to communicate with others.
Looking back over the years, Stacey realizes that she can handle almost instinctively situations that earlier would have caused much distress. Growth in marriage and parenting is possible!
Communication tip: Agree in advance that when a conversation gets heated, either spouse can call a “time out.” Take at least 20 minutes to cool down and process what was said before regrouping and continuing the discussion.
Getting married doesn’t mean that you’ll never feel attracted to someone other than your spouse. Stacey writes here about how she and Josh have navigated this situation with honesty and clear boundaries. The key: “Always and everywhere, I am Joshua’s wife.”
“I love my husband…I just don’t like him.” That’s a commonly-heard phrase in couples mediation, says Laurie Puhn, author of the book Fight Less, Love More and the new marriage enrichment course based on the book. Read Laurie’s advice on how to foster love in the midst of daily life and misunderstandings.
Is fall “football season” in your home? Read about how one wife learned to appreciate her husband’s love of football and see it as a chance to love him and spend time together. Touchdown!
Many married couples wonder, “How can we communicate better?” In her new book “One in the Lord,” spirituality writer Susan Muto talks about the habits that sustain good communication, and especially good listening, such as kindness, other-centered love, and patience.
Gus has learned how to make the sign for “more.” His growing communication skills remind Sara and Justin of the importance of communicating clearly in marriage, especially during times of stress or strong emotions.
A lack of common values can be a deal-breaker in a marriage. How close are you and your spouse, or fiance(e), on basic marriage values? Try this short exercise.
What contributes to marital success? The authors find five keys to intimacy: communication, couple closeness, couple flexibility, personality compatibility and conflict resolution. The book explains each one, includes exercises that couples can do together, and offers a free “Couple Checkup” to purchasers.
Even in the best marriages, conflicts erupt. Don’t let an argument, whether it’s big or small, damage your relationship. Keep in mind these tips to ensure a “fair fight.”
There is little disagreement that effective communication between a wife and husband contributes to marital happiness. What makes for effective communication in a marriage?
(From “Thriving Marriages” by John Yzaguirre, Ph.D., and Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre, M.Div., M.F.T, New City Press, 2004. http://www.thrivingfamilies.com/) It’s easy to fall into the trap of taking each other for granted or just putting up with each other. One husband described this bluntly: “When I get home my dog is the only one who seems excited to […]
Meet Sara and Justin, an engaged couple preparing for their Catholic wedding in June. Over the next few months they’ll blog about how they met, how they discerned God’s call to marriage, and how they’re getting ready not just for their big day, but the rest of their married lives. We invite you to share their excitement and leave a comment or two.
Most marital conflict results from poor communication skills. The author explains what can go wrong and, more important, what couples can do to avoid painful arguments.
Money can’t buy everything. Sometimes, what your spouse really wants is a compliment, an offer of assistance or an unexpected “thinking of you” e-mail. Here are some Valentine’s Day gifts that are priceless.