107 – Benefits of Marriage Counseling

Getting help is a sign of wisdom, not weakness

Welcome to episode 107 of the REAL Family Podcast. This podcast offers real help and hope for every family. In today’s episode, we will discuss the benefits of marriage counseling.

So many marriages are struggling, yet they avoid marriage counseling. Many view marriage counseling as a sign of weakness rather than a sign of wisdom. There is no shame in seeking the professional assistance of a marriage counselor.

In today’s podcast, I’ll share with you several benefits I’ve personally experienced in marriage counseling. Enjoy the podcast.

Also in this episode – email question
From: Debbie

You’ve mentioned many times how difficult marriage can be. Given the experience I’ve had with marriage, I agree it is difficult. Can you reassure me marriage is worth it?

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The Family Legacy Journal

Do you want more for your family, but just can’t seem

to escape the whirlwind of life to work on those relationships?

Most families are caught up in a whirlwind of busyness that leaves them feeling disconnected. Marriages are stuck in unhappiness and dissatisfaction, struggling with meaningful communication and real intimacy. Parents feel like their children are aimlessly wandering away from the family values as their relationship with them becomes regulated to being their cook and maid. Without a method to slow the pace of life, families drift apart.

With twenty-three years of marriage and three teenagers, Michael Tanner experienced the same whirlwind. In all this experience, he’s discovered only one method to help him build thriving relationships within his family. The best part? It fits easily into our busy schedules.

The Family Legacy Journal equips parents to reconnect with their family in just ten minutes of journaling each day. Through the power of gratitude, reflection, and affirmation, parents are empowered to resist the whirlwind and establish thriving family relationships. Based on timeless biblical wisdom and powerful psychological science. The Family Legacy Journal establishes a personal attitude of gratitude, eliminates negativity, improves family relationships through self-reflection, encourages parents to persevere through the power of affirmation, and builds thriving family relationships that leave a lasting legacy.

All in just ten minutes each day!

Yes, I want a journal


 

106 – Resolving Conflict Like An Amateur

I haven’t even reached rookie status

Welcome to episode 106 of the REAL Family Podcast. This podcast offers real help and hope for every family. In today’s episode, we will discuss resolving conflict in marriage. More specifically I’ll use my own recent example to explain what to avoid when attempting to resolve conflict.

Conflict in marriage is inevitable. Couples may attempt to abide by an ill-explained version of “don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” (Ephesians 4:26)

Arguing until wee hours of the morning is not the way to resolve conflict. Believe me! It isn’t the answer.

In today’s podcast, I’ll share our recent experience with resolving conflict. My hope and prayer is that you will learn from my mistakes.

Also in this episode – email question
From: Anonymous

How should someone use tough love with their spouse?

Enjoy the podcast.

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The Family Legacy Journal


Do you want more for your family, but just can’t seem

to escape the whirlwind of life to work on those relationships?

Most families are caught up in a whirlwind of busyness that leaves them feeling disconnected. Marriages are stuck in unhappiness and dissatisfaction, struggling with meaningful communication and real intimacy. Parents feel like their children are aimlessly wandering away from the family values as their relationship with them becomes relegated to being their cook and maid. Without a method to slow the pace of life, families drift apart.

With twenty-three years of marriage and three teenagers, Michael Tanner experienced the same whirlwind. In all this experience, he’s discovered only one method to help him build thriving relationships within his family. The best part? It fits easily into our busy schedules.

The Family Legacy Journal equips parents to reconnect with their family in just ten minutes of journaling each day. Through the power of gratitude, reflection, and affirmation, parents are empowered to resist the whirlwind and establish thriving family relationships. Based on timeless biblical wisdom and powerful psychological science. The Family Legacy Journal establishes a personal attitude of gratitude, eliminates negativity, improves family relationships through self-reflection, encourages parents to persevere through the power of affirmation, and builds thriving family relationships that leave a lasting legacy.

All in just ten minutes each day!

Yes, I want a journal


 

105 – Adoption

Can I love another’s child?

Welcome to episode 105 of the REAL Family Podcast. This podcast offers real help and hope for every family. In today’s episode, we will discuss my experiences with adoption and how they align with the real definition of love.

Adoption has impacted my life in multiple ways. In this podcast episode, I’d like to share with you our story of adopting a child. How we arrived at the decision to adopt. Answers to the difficult questions we were asking ourselves. And what finally convinced me to move forward with adoption.

Check out my recent blog article and podcast episode regarding the definition of love. They will certainly give you more background about our life-changing decision of adoption.

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104 – Love is Commitment, Not Chemistry

Love also isn’t emotions or feelings

Welcome to episode 104 of the REAL Family Podcast. This podcast offers real help and hope for every family. In today’s episode, we will discuss the real meaning of love.

I recently wrote a blog article entitled “Love in Killing Marriage” that has garnered significant responses. Some respondents have agreed with my definition of love, while others vehemently disagree with me.

Enjoy this episode of “The Real Family Podcast” and let me know in comments if you agree or disagree with my definition of love.

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103 – My Personal Focus in 2018

What’s your focus for 2018?

Welcome to episode 103 of the REAL Family Podcast. This podcast offers real help and hope for every family. In today’s episode, we will discuss the New Year and my personal focus for 2018.

Some refer to it as their annual theme or word of the year. Others call it a New Year’s resolution. Me? I’m just calling it my 2018 focus.

In today’s podcast, I’ll share with you the focus I’ve chosen for 2018. I’ll explain the details of my focus and why I’ve selected it.

What is your focus for 2018?

Also in this episode – email question
From: Cassie

You claim to be a Christian and I believe you are sincere in those claims. Though you don’t always mention the Bible references, I recognize much of your advice to be from the Bible. Why do you insist on not mentioning the Bible and even seemingly apologizing when you do mention the Bible?

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102 – Finding Good Marriage Advice

5 places to find good marriage advice

Welcome to episode 102 of the REAL Family Podcast. This podcast offers real help and hope for every family. In today’s episode, we will discuss appropriate ways to find good marriage advice.

We talked in last week’s podcast about the places to avoid when seeking marriage advice. In this podcast episode, we will explore five wonderful sources of marriage advice. Whether your marriage is on life support or you just need a small adjustment, these marriage advice resources are reliable and effective.

Also in this episode – email question
From: multiple readers and listeners

Michael, are you a certified counselor?

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101 – Marriage Advice to Ignore

Common sources of advice that could ruin your marriage

Welcome to episode 101 of the REAL Family Podcast. This podcast offers real help and hope for every family. In today’s episode, we will discuss marriage advice you should ignore.

When your marriage begins to struggle, it’s natural to seek help and advice. Unfortunately, many look to all the wrong places for marriage advice. In today’s podcast, I’ll share a few place and people to avoid when seeking marriage advice.

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100 – A Real Family Podcast Recap

And why I still do what I do

Welcome to episode 100 of the REAL Family Podcast. This podcast offers real help and hope for every family. In today’s episode, we will discuss the history of the REAL Family Podcast.

In the beginning, my personal goal with podcasting was to publish more than seven episodes. I created this goal for myself because I had read statistics that suggested most podcasters don’t make past seven episodes.

Now here we have episode 100. I’m not sure I really had a vision of what the podcast would look like (or should I say sound like) if I actually made it 100 episodes. Regardless of my lack of vision, I’m certainly excited to be here.

Enjoy this recap episode and I look forward to serving you even more with the next 100 episodes.

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099 – 7 Benefits of Journaling

And why you should start journaling today

Welcome to episode 99 of the REAL Family Podcast. This podcast offers real help and hope for every family. In today’s episode, we will discuss the benefits of a regular journaling routine.

Most people of skeptical of the journaling. Its practice is often viewed as the odd behavior of the social recluse or means of practice for the professional writer. Few actually recognize journaling for the value it brings to one’s life.

In an effort to get you off the fence and into the practice of journaling regularly, let me share with you my personal experience. I’ll spare you the bore of statistics and scientific studies. I’ve practiced several types of journaling for several years now. Let me describe the benefits I’ve seen in my own life directly related to journaling.

Also in this episode – email question
From: Jay

I appreciate your articles about high and low desire spouses. I was hoping you would address the topic of frequency. What do you feel is an acceptable frequency for sex in a healthy marriage?

Part of my answer to Jay’s question can be found here.

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098 – 4 Ways To Maintain Your Marriage

A well maintained marriage is a happy marriage

Welcome to episode 98 of the REAL Family Podcast. This podcast offers real help and hope for every family. In today’s episode, we will discuss how to properly maintain your marriage.

My dad was a mechanic, so proper maintenance of anything with an engine was simply non-negotiable. As I matured through my teenage years and into driving, Dad taught me all in details needed to properly maintain my car. I hated it, but it has turned out to be a very valuable skill over the years.

Marriage isn’t really any different than an automobile when it comes to maintenance. Every marriage requires proper maintenance. In today’s podcast, I share with you 4 ways to properly maintain your marriage.

Also in this episode – email question
From: Dennis

I recently listened to podcast episode 75 regarding communication. I was hoping you would address how to communicate when one spouse doesn’t want to talk. I often ask my wife if everything is ok and she simply replies with fine. I know something is wrong, but she doesn’t want to talk about it. How would you suggest I handle her response?

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