On Motherhood

This past week, we took a family vacation to a lake in Northern Minnesota. It was one of the best vacations we have had as a family in quite a while. Maybe because there wasn't wifi or cell service, or even a tv. It was a great time to relax, reset, and reconnect as a family.

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Jennifer Tougaw
5 Marriage Building Strategies to Make Your Marriage Extraordinary

Marriage is hard because life is hard. Relationships are hard. Parenting is hard. Work is hard.

And people are complicated. We tend to hide our vulnerabilities—our fear, loneliness, shame, and confusion. And we aren’t very good at talking about the parts of ourselves that we don’t fully understand and try to ignore.

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Staying Connected as a Family

Being involved in your child's day to day life is extremely important. It not only allows you to keep your bond as parent/child, it also alerts you to any changes in your child's mood or behavior, which can be signs of stresses, sickness, or mental health issues. So how do we stay connected and keep that relationship strong when we have so little time?

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Open & Honest Communication

The more open and connected the dialogue, the healthier a relationship tends to be. Take responsibility. You are in control of the way you communicate with your partner. Make a conscious effort to bring as many of the above intentions into your communications, and you’re bound to see and feel some very positive changes in your relationship.

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3 Ways to Connect with Your Partner Today

A happy and successful marriage requires a lot of time and effort. These days, it feels like we never have time to get everything done in a day, but I would encourage you to set aside time every day to really connect with your partner in a meaningful way. Here are 3 quick ideas to get you started:

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