To My Friend Whose Marriage is “Pretty Much Dead”

“Life is busy, but overall, it’s pretty good. My job is going well. Kids are great. My marriage is pretty much dead.” He said those ominous words, “…my marriage is pretty much dead,” without changing his tone or his expression in between bites of chips and salsa. I was meeting my friend for a long overdue lunch to catch up. We’re both in the same busy season of life trying to juggle careers, young kids, marriage and all the other… Read more

7 Things Men Should Do BEFORE Marriage

A few days ago, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Jon Weece for an upcoming episode of the new Locker Room Podcast (which is an incredible resource for men). Jon asked me a lot of very insightful questions, but one question in particular is something I’ve continued to ponder days later. He asked, “What are the most important things a young man should do to prepare for marriage someday?” As an advocate for stronger marriages, I’m often writing and speaking about what we should… Read more

7 Christmas Gifts Your Husband Will LOVE

My wife Ashley is great at giving thoughtful and unique gifts, but every Christmas she tells me that I’m hard to shop for. I’ve heard this same frustration from many other wives talking about their own husbands. There are only so many years you can get a guy Old Spice, after all! Especially if you’ve been married for awhile, it can be hard to find new ways to surprise your husband with a gift he’ll actually love. Every man is different,… Read more

A Marriage Conference in Your Underwear

We receive messages all the time that say things like, “My husband/wife and I would LOVE to attend one of your marriage conferences, but it’s so hard for us to travel right now.” We hear you! We want you to be able to experience the life-changing impact of a marriage conference without having to spend a fortune or travel across the country, so we’ve put together our first ever “Online Marriage Conference.” It’s a full library of all our ebooks… Read more

7 Things All Men Need MORE Than Sex

My wife Ashley and I have been working with married couples for years and our interactions with husbands and wives from all over the world have taught us a lot about what makes a marriage work and the unique needs of men and of women. We’ve written and spoken extensively about the need for consistent sex in marriage (including our new book The Naked Truth about Sex and Marriage). A lot has been written specifically about a man’s need and desire… Read more

CONFESSION: I Am Part of the Sexual Harassment Crisis (and So are YOU)

Like most people, I’ve been watching the news lately with disappointment and disgust over the unending accounts of men in power sexually harassing and/or abusing women. It saddens me, but it doesn’t shock me. The reasons why it doesn’t shock me is that nearly all of us have been part of the problem and so it will take all of us to be part of the solution. Let me explain… The repugnant acts of certain men have made headlines (as… Read more

5 Boundaries to Save You from Unhealthy Relationships and Manipulative People

I recently sat down with a young couple who is going through a very serious struggle in their marriage because of someone outside their marriage. You might assume I’m talking about a mistress or an emotional affair, but this has nothing to do with wrongdoing on the part of either spouse. Their struggle has to do with an overbearing parent. The husband’s mom (and the wife’s mother-in-law) has bombarded the young couple with pressures, demands, emotional pleas, tantrums, threats, bullying,… Read more

Help! Financial Stress is Hurting Our Marriage.

One of the leading causes of divorce is financial stress. We recently did a survey through our Marriage Facebook page asking readers what are topics they’d like to see addressed and many people shared that issues related to financial stress were some of the biggest sources of stress in their marriage. Some people were even reaching out in desperation saying things like, “Help! Financial stress is hurting our marriage. We can’t get on the same page and we don’t know what to do.” Like… Read more

My Husband/Wife and I Have DIFFERENT PARENTING STYLES and it’s Hurting Our Marriage

Have you ever thought that marriage was SO much easier before you had kids? Do you and your spouse have arguments that stem from stress, miscommunication or different approaches when it comes to parenting? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! My wife Ashley receive messages everyday on our blogs and Facebook pages from stressed parents who feel like their differences in parenting styles are negatively impacting the marriage. Ashley and I can relate to this one from personal experience. In fact, this has… Read more

Ten Rules for a Happy Life

We all want to be happy, but for most of us, happiness is just this elusive “feeling” we’re trying to catch or create but we don’t know how to keep it. What if there was a proven path to true and sustained joy? What if happiness is something much more than fleeting feeling that comes and goes and it’s really a sustained joy could be present through even the most difficult parts of life? I have good news (and no, I’m… Read more

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