Finances, juggling working from home, the different anxiety levels of each spouse over the situation, the list of potential stressors on your marriage goes on and on. Check out these resources to guide you and your spouse through the unknown together.

There’s no doubt that many people will face financial hardship during the Coronavirus situation, but help may be easier than you think! Although assistance may vary depending on where you live and what companies you use, the bottom line is that some of the financial anxiety of keeping utilities turned on can be mitigated by a simple phone call. Various utilities (water, gas, electric, cellular/fiber optics/internet providers) have new, or very flexible, generous payment options – minimum. Many say they will not disconnect service for set periods of time regardless of payment and are automatically reconnecting service to people that have been disconnected. Often, companies are willing to work with people through a variety of programs. It’s well worth your time to call and see what works best in your individual situation.

4 Signs Your Marriage Is Healthy

How do you know how strong and healthy your marriage is? Doctors help us to know whether our bodies are strong and healthy.  I love getting a good report from the doctor after a check-up: Mr. Ownby, your lab work shows your cholesterol…
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How Relationships Can Transform Race Relations

Sam Collier didn’t have his first white friend until he was 21 years old. “It wasn’t until I had this friend that I realized how different our worlds were. He didn’t understand my world and I didn’t really understand his,” says…
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How To Help Your Spouse As They Grieve

In the midst of COVID-19, death and its aftermath, grief, have become a mainstay in the news cycle. Every day the television news broadcasts tell us how many individuals have been infected by the coronavirus and the number of deaths as a result.…

What Do You Do When You Know Your Marriage Needs Help

We had been married for about a year and I was really frustrated. My husband owned his own business and to me, it felt like it was the mistress in our marriage. He worked long hours which meant I spent a lot of time by myself. It wasn’t that…

How To Help Your Spouse Deal With Anxiety

For me, it often happens in the evening (though not always). It feels like a sudden Visitor at your door who comes in unannounced and spreads an uncomfortable, heavy, warm, wet blanket over you, gradually but quickly covering your whole body,…
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5 Reasons Why Marriage Can Be Harder After Having A Baby

No matter how you slice it, the birth of a child brings about changes that can be challenging. Here are some of the reasons why marriage can be harder after having a baby and how those challenges can make your marriage stronger. Unspoken…

You know Date Night makes you feel good, and it makes your marriage happier overall. But, how the heck are you supposed to do date night regularly while everything is shut down? That’s why we’re providing you with FREE Virtual and DIY Date Nights to do at home!

Are you feeling a bit tense in your marriage? Maybe it started even before this global pandemic hit and now quarantine has just made it worse. Our Maximize Your Marriage video series was created to help!  Along with a downloadable couple’s guide, each video will reveal how to overcome obstacles, work through challenges and move forward in your marriage during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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I THINK MY SPOUSE IS DEPRESSED

Right now, many people are experiencing anxiety, fear, a lack of motivation, and emotions that they might have never experienced before. But how can you know if you need to seek help, or if it’s just a natural reaction to your environment? In this video, Julie Baumgardner talks with Beth Capecchi, Ph.D., from Grounded Counseling about the warning signs of depression, natural reactions to the stresses we’re all facing, and some great ways you can try and get yourself in a great place both mentally and emotionally.

WHEN QUARANTINE CAUSES CONFLICT IN YOUR MARRIAGE

When you’re stuck in the same house together, tension can grow at even the smallest annoyances. But FTF Facilitator Chris Ownby has a few great tools you and your spouse can use to keep the tension from exploding!

HOW TO PROCESS STRESS IN YOUR MARRIAGE

During this time of uncertainty, anxiety and stress can creep into your marriage. Processing stress together and making a plan to work together as a team will help you both stay calm, cool and healthy in your relationship. FTF Facilitator, John Daum shares 6 tips to process stress together in this quick video.

HOW TO STAY CONNECTED IN MARRIAGE

Physical proximity does not mean “closeness” in relationships. Watch as Lauren Hall asks Gena Ellis (relationship expert) some real-life questions about staying connected to your spouse during a pandemic.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR SPOUSE IS STILL WORKING AND AT RISK DURING COVID-19

For the majority of us, life has shifted to be essentially 100% indoors. But for others, work has not changed, and for the majority of that group, it has gotten much more intense and stressful. So as the spouse of a front-line worker during this pandemic, how can you manage your anxieties, build a routine that works for both of you, and help your household stay afloat? Tamara Slocum, FTF Creative Strategist, mom of two (soon to be three!), and wife to Bobby (a delivery driver), has a few words of wisdom that she has learned over the past couple of weeks!

HOW TO HAVE DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS IN QUARANTINE AS A NEWLYWED

You’re a newlywed. Life is wonderful, love is easy, and your spouse is the best person on the face of the planet! Until… You’re stuck in the same house (or tiny apartment) together. As a newlywed, this quarantine might be hitting a little hard on your marriage! Adjusting to life with your new spouse is hard enough, even when you’re not together 24/7! But Sarah Ham, FTF Relationship Facilitator and resident newlywed, has a few words of wisdom for you during this time.

Couples and Covid-19

Couples and Covid-19Several weeks ago, I told my husband about my plan to shop for food and supplies in case the…

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