Can couples in a marriage and relationship skills training retreat learn to keep that loving feeling alive? Will those who lost each other years ago be able to rekindle what they once had?
If the Miami Heat’s performance was the success measure, more couples would be happily married.
For children whose parents divorce or stay together in a constant state of crisis, despair or estrangement, celebrating Father’s Day can come with unique challenges. Firsthand words of caution for parents who consider passing negative feelings about a current or former spouse on to their children.
Billionaire hedge fund investor Paul Tudor Jones says he subtracts 10-20 percent from a manager going through divorce. “One of my number one rules as an investor,” Jones told a symposium at the University of Virginia, “is as soon as I find out a manager is going through divorce, redeem immediately.”
For years, Ralph Lynn, a former Marine sniper in Iraq, suffered from undiagnosed PTSD. “My own relationship with my wife suffered to the point of divorce. After I got help, I am happy to say I am re-married to my best friend.” Ralph and his wife Michelle today help other Veterans through marriage and relationship education retreats offered by the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.
As Carmageddon began, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony announced their own marriage detour. For the 60-75% of Southern California couples approaching their own relationship bumps and off-ramps, Carmageddon may be just what the doctor ordered.
A non-partisan group of experts, scholars, and concerned citizens have come together to urge states to put the brakes on no-fault divorce practices they claim encourage hundreds of thousands of couples each year to split-up instead of make-up.
Miley Cyrus helped us set a new record as readers tuned in to follow her parents’ fight to save their 17-year-marriage. Here are five questions to consider if you’re trying to figure out whether to make-up or break-up.
With many wanting to head for their windows to scream, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore,” marriage education is helping couples learn safe ways to confide feelings such as anger, fear, and sadness on behalf of greater love and intimacy. Experts say learning to confide, rather than avoiding conflict, is key to healthy relationships. Marriage classes are helping thousands of couples learn to fight fair.
For generations, marriage education came from our parents. We watched how they interacted with each other, how they navigated the challenges and chapters of their lives, and what marriage meant to them. Recent studies show that the children and grandchildren of the baby boomer generation have become increasingly cautious about their own decisions regarding marriage and family, striving to create models for their lives that may be vastly different than the examples they saw from their parents.
Amidst stories of Larry King’s pending eighth divorce, should the King of Talk’s marriage license be revoked? “How many marriages are too many,” Belinda Luscombe asks? A co-worker suggests a weekend marriage education class. Now that would be something to talk about.
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While few beyond Tiger Woods and his wife likely will (or should) ever know the full truth to the claims now widely circulated in both the tabloid and popular press, it’s all too understandable how public icons can be led horribly astray, apparently blinding themselves in the process to the eventual price they’ll almost certainly pay. For those who are most accomplished and recognized, the decisions they make are often much more about a hunger for validation than a yearning for sex. Marriage education founded on emotional literacy is an important solution.