Monday, February 13, 2017

Five Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage

Today's prompt for #LoveBlog is counseling. We haven't been to counseling before but I can see how it could be beneficial for a marriage. Since I don't have personal experience with counseling, I thought I'd build off the prompt and share five ways that you can strengthen your marriage. After all, counseling is one way to strengthen your marriage.

Keep in mind that we are not counselors or marriage experts. We are simply two individuals who are happily married and offering a few tips from experience.

Weekly Check In
Schedule a weekly check in where you can discuss how everyone is doing. This could be a family meeting or a date night. It doesn't have to be anything formal - you could even check in for a few minutes before bed.

Have the Tough Conversation
Don't shy away from the tough conversations. If something is bothering you, it's much better to get it out in the open rather than to let it stew.  Air your frustrations with each other in a civil manner and work together to find a solution or compromise.

Set Expectations
Let each other know what you expect in a given situation. This isn't about setting rules - it's about communicating your needs. For example, when the husband was deployed, we set expectations of when I could expect communication from him. While he couldn't control it at all times, we did talk about what we needed from each other during that time apart.

As mentioned above, we don't have personal experience with counseling, but it can be beneficial. If you're having trouble communicating, talking with a counselor could help you work through it. Sometimes a third party can be helpful.

In my opinion, the best way to keep your marriage strong is to actually communicate. Communicate the good. Communicate the bad. Communicating with each other on a daily basis will help keep your marriage strong.

What do you do to keep your marriage strong? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below.

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