Marriage Garden

You wouldn’t plant a garden and then sit back and hope it grows. Gardens take time and effort in order to flourish.

The same is true for your marriage. Good relationships need tending in order to grow strong and vibrant. Like a garden, we need to make the effort each day to turn the soil, pull the weeds, and give the roots plenty of water.

That means taking time each day to talk and share with each other—even if it’s just for ten minutes. Ask your spouse about their day and tell them about yours.

It means doing things together. If you don’t have a hobby that both of you enjoy doing, then find one. And carve out regular times from your schedule to enjoy it. Set a regular date night away from the kids, even if it’s just for a quick coffee. It’s a great way to unwind and reconnect.

Don’t let your most precious garden go unattended.

More Tips

What kind of memories do you have from your childhood? Do you recall feelings of warmth and love — or stress and chaos?

How you see yourself as an adult depends largely on how your parents saw you when you were young. That’s a good thing to keep in mind when it comes to our own kids.

Kids can quickly grow discouraged if attempts to make friends come up short. Encourage your child that it takes repeated attempts to connect with others, and that friendships are built through a number of shared experiences.

So, what is the true secret to happiness? In a word, it’s attitude.

There’s more to life than being efficient and productive. Especially when you have kids in the house.

It isn’t the major tragedies that tear so many marriages apart, it’s the unhealthy choices that couples make on a daily basis.

Would you be able to tell if you, or someone you loved, were an alcoholic?

How do you keep sanity in the family when life goes screaming by at a hundred miles an hour?

When was the last time you gave your marriage a "tune up?"

You wouldn't let your car go years without checking under the hood, so why not give your marriage the same attention?

All couples argue from time to time. It’s how we argue that makes a difference in the outcome.

Disagreement is inevitable—especially in a marriage. But there are right and wrong ways to argue.

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