August 03, 2022
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Dishes, laundry, yard work, cleaning, cooking… oh my! The chore list is long, and the questions are many.🧹
Who does what? How do we make this fair? Am I doing too much? Why doesn’t my spouse do more?
A big part of marriage is managing and maintaining a house and all the responsibilities a home can bring. So, where do we begin?
Here are some scenarios to think through as you talk about how to divide household chores fairly:
- You both are working full-time and focused on establishing your careers.
- You are expecting a child or have a child or children. (The seasons of childhood bring so many challenges.)
- One of you works from home.
- One of you is thinking about a career change.
There may be a season where one of you carries more household chores due to other circumstances. No matter what, you need to agree about what works for your family.
Addressing household chores isn’t a one-time conversation either. It needs to happen often. Different seasons of life bring different responsibilities.
3 ways to have better sex in marriage
GOOD NEWS: an exciting sex life is salvageable and well within your reach for you and your spouse.
Here are three ways you and your spouse can take your sexual relationship from mundane to mind-blowing:
1.) Don’t make fun the point of sex.
Sex is about connecting, bolstering intimacy, and exercising vulnerability with the one you’ve chosen to love the most. It’s a part of your relationship that’s meant to strengthen your relationship. If the attention to your sex life with your spouse is centered merely on fun, you forget the overall essential role sex plays in your marriage, and the irony is that fun becomes a casualty.
2.) Dedicate to communicate.
Couples who struggle with communication struggle with other areas of their marriage, including their sex life; it’s all connected. But those who work on better, healthier ways to communicate thoughts, feelings, and needs with each other experience more connection, friendship, and intimacy. And this, as we’ve learned, is directly correlated with healthy (and fun) sex!
3.) Super-glue your marriage—including your sex life—to the top of the priority scale.
This is crucial, especially if you have children (of any age) running around your house. Life is busy, schedules are hectic, money is tight. Attention to your marriage and your spouse must supersede these potential speed bumps.
You can rejuvenate your sex life AND your marriage!
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Reggie Madison, a husband, Dad of 7 (Yes, you read that right, he and his wife are wayyy outnumbered!), and the VP of Community Relations here at First Things First! Take a peek at his recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
💬 Just Between Us: Intimate Chat App for Couples (google, apple)– this is a fun, flirty app where no one can see your chat but the one person you designate. Messages can be password protected, so you don’t have to worry about your 9-year-old reading the sexy text you meant for your spouse’s eyes only.
📗 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue by Deborah Smith Pegues– We’ve all said things to our spouse that are more damaging to the relationship than helpful. This little faith-based book helps you keep your words in check while still expressing your honest thoughts and feelings.
💛Understand Your Spouse and Deepen Your Relationship– This First Things First Online course will help you create the safest possible spaces for deepening your relationship connection.
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