Communication

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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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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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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Blessing for Love in Time of Conflict

By Mary Ellen Goggin / October 31, 2023

When the gentleness between you hardens and you fall out of your belonging to each other May the depths you have reached hold you still. When no true word can be said or heard and you mirror each other in scripts of hurt When even the silence has become raw and torn May you hear…

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10 Tips & Guidelines For Fighting Fair In Marriage

By Mary Ellen Goggin / August 3, 2023
Couple sitting by a campfire on the beach discussing how to fight fair in marriage.

Anyone who’s been in a long-term relationship knows that conflicts are part of the package. These disagreements, however, needn’t be destructive. On the contrary, when handled properly, they can become catalysts for a deeper understanding and a stronger marriage. This is where the concept of “fighting fair” in marriage comes into play. “Fighting fair” doesn’t…

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The 5 Most Common Communication Issues in Marriage & How to Resolve Them

By Mary Ellen Goggin / June 9, 2023
Couple sitting on a couch discussing calmly discussing finances without communication issues.

It’s said that every garden, no matter how beautiful, must be tended to. In the same vein, a marriage, despite being a haven of love and companionship, requires continuous nurturing. Like an unkempt garden that slowly becomes overgrown with weeds, a marriage can become entangled with the thorns of communication issues if not properly cared…

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How To Communicate With Your Partner Without Arguing About The Same Old Things

By Mary Ellen Goggin / December 13, 2022
Black and white boxing gloves on a wooden deck symbolize not arguing.

It starts off so easy. You can talk about anything. You can even disagree and debate without fazing your affections or the relationship itself. At some point, however, you forget how to communicate with your partner without arguing. The topics don’t necessarily change. But somehow your communication does. And right there is the irony: One…

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How To Learn How To Communicate With Your Spouse

By Mary Ellen Goggin / September 20, 2022
Little girl whispering to a little boy.

You would think that love would be sufficient for good communication. I love you, you love me, we’ll always be able to talk about anything. But what a myth! Learning how to communicate with your spouse is first an education in yourself. Master that, and you can move on to the real communication of your…

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