By Lavern Nissley for Tuesday@10:10 blogpost
One of the questions we often ask couples is, "What kind of examples did you have of a healthy marriage?"
Unfortunately, not many couples refer to their own parents as an example to follow. In a room full of 12-15 couples, perhaps 1 or 2 people raise their hands to affirm their own parents' marriage example. Likely the "chilling effect" for many millennials whose parents didn't leave them a healthy marriage legacy is to shy away from marriage altogether.
While no marriage is perfect, wouldn't it be great to see more and more children quickly identifying their own parents as models of healthy marriages? Instead of behaviors to be avoided ("I'll never have a marriage like my parents!"), how refreshing it would be to hear, "My parents gave me a blueprint for what a good/great marriage looks like. I won't settle for anything else."
Think about what your own children would say about your marriage. "Their marriage was characterized by . . ." What words will they use to describe it?
We love working with couples who really want to maximize their marriage health. What a breath of fresh air! They seem motivated NOT to get stuck in a generational rut that leaves both partners damaged and children clueless on how to communicate and resolve conflicts productively.
Often it requires some education, or re-education. Those couples who go through The RINGS Experience (a class we offer for couples) walk away with tangible tools to leave a healthy marriage legacy. Spending time with a healthy couple or two can provide inspiration and motivation to settle for nothing but a beautiful marriage.
If that's your dream, we would love to hear about it and how your own marriage journey is progressing toward it. If you're needing help getting to marriage health, we are glad to help.
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Main author is Lavern Nissley, Executive Director of MRCMV. Guest authors will be included in posts from time to time.