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How To Talk To Your Spouse About Money Without Fighting: 5 Peaceful Strategies

By Mary Ellen Goggin / May 13, 2024
Spouses drinking coffee and talking about money without fighting.

Money discussions don’t have to lead to arguments. Imagine ending a conversation about finances feeling closer to your spouse instead of frustrated or misunderstood. Many couples, especially those balancing demanding careers and family life, find financial talks challenging. However, it’s entirely possible to transform these discussions into opportunities for strengthening your bond. Choosing to practice…

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5 Symptoms Of A Bad Marriage & How To Resolve Them

By Mary Ellen Goggin / March 22, 2024
Couple struggling to continue to hold hands as they walk on either side of a small stream.

All marriages encounter bumps along the road. Sometimes, however, these bumps can gradually erode into potholes which are actually symptoms of a bad marriage. It’s the gradual nature of the erosion that can make it difficult to address the bumps before they grow. Recognizing the symptoms of a bad marriage as early as possible is…

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Why Won’t My Husband Fight For Our Marriage?

By Mary Ellen Goggin / March 1, 2024
Woman holding her head in frustration wondering why her husband isn't fighting for their marriage.

In the quiet of a strained relationship, the question, “Why won’t my husband fight for our marriage?” carries the weight of unspoken fears and yearnings. This question reflects deep vulnerability and the desire for connection, yet it’s tinged with confusion and sorrow over a partner’s apparent inaction. By gently unfolding the layers behind this poignant…

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3 Empty-Nest Marriage Issues & How To Resolve Them

By Mary Ellen Goggin / February 19, 2024
Couple sitting in a nest hanging from a tree.

Navigating the quiet hallways of an empty nest can feel like a journey into uncharted territory for many couples. As children grow up and venture out to build their own lives, parents are left with a profound sense of change, often questioning what comes next for their marriage. This transition period, known as the “empty…

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How To Eliminate Stonewalling In A Relationship

By Mary Ellen Goggin / February 7, 2024
Man walking toward his stonewalling spouse in an effort to repair the rift in their relationship.

Stonewalling, a silent barrier to conversation, can stealthily infiltrate our most valued relationships, leading to feelings of isolation and misunderstanding. This defensive mechanism, while not uncommon, has the potential to significantly erode the trust and intimacy of your connections. Tackling stonewalling in a relationship goes beyond merely re-establishing communication—it’s about reinforcing a dedication to mutual…

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How to Choose Between an Unhappy Marriage and Divorce

By Mary Ellen Goggin / January 22, 2024
Woman standing at a crossroad in a corn field considering which direction to turn.

Deciding between staying in an unhappy marriage or stepping towards divorce is one of the most heart-wrenching crossroads many face. This decision involves a lot more than weighing pros and cons on a simple list. This decision necessitates navigating through a complex emotional labyrinth, where each turn represents deep-seated hopes, fears, and memories. In this…

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Why Marriage Communication Coaching Could Save Your Marriage

By Mary Ellen Goggin / January 9, 2024
Husband and wife happily cuddlng.

Communication is the lifeblood of marriage. When it’s done well, it keeps relationships vibrant and growing. Like dancers in a tango, partners must respond and lead in harmony. Achieving this synergy while life is happening is challenging – to say the least. Misunderstandings, missteps, and missed cues often lead to conflicts and emotional distance and,…

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How To Recognize & Resolve The Betrayed Spouse Cycle

By Mary Ellen Goggin / January 3, 2024
Crying woman sitting on the floor leaning against her bed & struggling with the betrayed spouse cycle.

In the quiet corners of a seemingly perfect marriage, the betrayed spouse cycle often lurks, unseen yet deeply felt by couples like Sarah and John. Both in their mid-40s and successful, they epitomize the suburban ideal, yet grapple with the aftershocks of John’s infidelity. This is a common tale. Research indicates many marriages face infidelity,…

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