I grew up watching fairy tales. Stories like Cinderella and Snow White and Beauty and The Beast. Each story was different, but they all ended the same: “And they lived happily ever after.” The men and women in these stories never fought over whose turn it was to get up with the baby or who forgot to take out the trash.
Blame it on Hollywood or romantic books or even innocent fairy tales like these, but for whatever reason, we assume that nothing but marital bliss follows the wedding day. “And they lived happily ever after” is a phrase we expect to prove true in our lives. We expect the sex to be as passionate as it is in The Notebook. We expect the fights to be few and far between. And we expect the romance to continue long after we say, “I do.”
The reality is this: marriage is hard work. Good marriages don’t just happen. They result from two people being intentional—two people who have committed their lives to building the other person up. Today, I want to offer you five simple ways to build up your spouse.
I'm thrilled to be guest posting on The Better Mom blog today. To read the rest of this post and all 5 of my suggestions, click here.
*If you're wondering what happened to my focus on extended family, rest assured. It will be back later this month!