Marriage & Family

How do good marriages benefit each member in the family? How do good families benefit their children and their communities? How do the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, the Golden Rule and other gospel principles help families succeed. How can religious faith and practice bless our families and our marriages? Does God really bless us when we keep His Commandments? What does modern sociological and psychological research add to our understanding of these questions? Articles posted here may have some answers related to these kinds of questions.

Toughing It Out: Happy Marriages Need Time to Grow

By Ramona Zabriskie | May 8, 2011 | Linked March 27, 2012

Budapest is populated with survivors. Even the buildings have outlived the ravages of war. Ottomans, Catholics, Protestants, Atheists, Communists and Nazis have competed, confronted, and crusaded, but never crushed this city. As I stood on our hotel balcony, gaping at the panorama perched above the Danube, I realized that this country, colored at that moment by the most fantastic sunset, was more alive and exciting than ever, only because Hungarians know too well how to tough it out.

Back in London, I received a text from a wife who was ready to leave her husband. “HE'S NOT WORTH IT,” she screamed in capital letters. “Ever since I married this terrible man, I have been miserable!”

Read Mona's Post

How Not to Talk to Your Kids: The Inverse Power of Praise

By Po Brunson | Linked March 24, 2012

“According to a survey conducted by Columbia University, 85 percent of American parents think it’s important to tell their kids that they’re smart… But a growing body of research—and a new study from the trenches of the New York public-school system—strongly suggests it might be the other way around. Giving kids the label of “smart” does not prevent them from underperforming. It might actually be causing it.”

How Not to Talk to Your Kids: The Inverse Power of Praise (pdf)

Read the Entire Article at nymag.com (html)

Prayer Can Bring Miracles to our Marriages

By Stephen M. Bird | November 10, 2011

In Marriage Makes Us Richer, Part 2, I wrote that many more marriages could be successful. I said “it may require a miracle. Yet I am certain prayers can bring miracles.” I also said that God is unlikely to change your spouse, but “He can and will change you, if you let Him and frequently, when we change ourselves, we change the relationship.”

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Half a Pair of Scissors

By Richard and Linda Eyre | Linked October 10, 2011

Benjamin Franklin said “A single man is like half a pair of scissors.“

Poll after public opinion poll reveals that married persons are happier than those unmarried, and healthier, and more satisfied with life, and that they live longer.

Marriage can create a state of commitment and of contentment that is absent in single life.

Read their article on achieving oneness in marriage.

Marriage Makes Us Richer: Commandments, Marriage and Prosperity, Part 1

By Stephen M. Bird | May 6, 2011

At the library I browsed Money magazine and noticed an article "Do You Have What It Takes To Be Wealthy?" I wanted to be wealthy so I read the article,which, presented 15 questions designed to tell me whether or not I had the potential to become wealthy. The 8th question asked if I was married and the article's explanation for the question caught my attention:

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Marriage Makes Us Richer, Part 2

By Stephen M. Bird | September 9, 2011

In my “Marriage Makes Us Richer, Part 1” post, I linked to an article “10 Ways Getting Married will Make You Richer.” Of the ten ways mentioned in that article, cohabitants can participate in the first two ways, i.e. “1. Getting together and splitting the bills,” and “2. Combining the furnishings.”  However, the other eight ways appear to be inaccessible to cohabitants. Research currently indicates that cohabitants to not appear to benefit nearly as much financially from their coupled living arrangement as do married couples.

Why?

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An Honored and Invited Guest

By Stephen M. Bird | September 28,2011

One night, in response to prayer, the Lord blessed me with a greater understanding than I had ever known. I had never been a listener in our family. It just wasn’t part of my nature. My new perspective was granted in February of 1982. I was a new graduate student at Brigham Young University pursuing a master's degree in counseling. My wife and I had been married for seven years, and we lived in a tiny trailer with our three children. I felt burdened by schoolwork and school loans. I also felt a rising resentment toward my lovely wife because I thought she was failing in her homemaking responsibilities. I voiced my disappointment freely, but though I didn't know it, my faultfinding was driving a big wedge between us.

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Prayer Turned Our Marriage Around

By Stephen M. Bird | September 28,2011

One night, in response to prayer, the Lord blessed me with a greater understanding than I had ever known. I had never been a listener in our family. It just wasn’t part of my nature. My new perspective was granted in February of 1982. I was a new graduate student at Brigham Young University pursuing a master's degree in counseling. My wife and I had been married for seven years, and we lived in a tiny trailer with our three children. I felt burdened by schoolwork and school loans. I also felt a rising resentment toward my lovely wife because I thought she was failing in her homemaking responsibilities. I voiced my disappointment freely, but though I didn't know it, my faultfinding was driving a big wedge between us.

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