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Counseling - Resources - Twitter - Insight - Responses
So, needless to say, I found myself needing some updated pre-marital counseling resources. I took to Twitter hoping to gather insight and found some of the responses rather… comical!
Some of the suggestions included:
Eat - Bowl - Cereal…if
Make them listen to one another eat a bowl of cereal…if they can do it, they’ll be fine.
Please talk about thermostat temps. Our premarital counseling completely skipped this crucial issue!
Couples - Piece - IKEA - Furniture
Have couples try assembling a piece of IKEA furniture together.
Make them watch each other load a dishwasher.
Couples - Tube - Toothpaste
Have couples define when they consider a tube of toothpaste to be empty.
Find out if one of the pair is a “snooze button” person.
Couple - Canoeing
Send the couple canoeing.
Have them butcher chickens together.
Couple - Road - Trip - Cellphone-jammer - Car
Make the couple take a road trip together with a cellphone-jammer in the car.
Have them figure out which way the toilet paper goes on the reel.
Responses - Insight - Couples - Marriage - Stuff
Silly though they may be, I think these responses actually provide us with some important insight. When couples are preparing for marriage, it’s easy to assume that only the big stuff really matters. It’s a given that a couple’s faith convictions, big picture life goals, and expectations for raising a family should line up but other factors are often seen as non-essential.
I think we can all agree that how a person assembles furniture or loads a dishwasher is hardly ‘essential’ to a good marriage. But what we see here is that the little stuff—seemingly insignificant lifestyle choices and daily decisions—are also important to the foundation of a healthy partnership.
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