NOTICE: St. Cloud office will be closed effective from June 1st, 2019 due to a move. Currently only online counseling clients are accepted.
Office will be closed from May 4th to May 14th, 2019.
Four County Crisis Response Team (320-253-5555 or 1800-635-8008) for Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, or Wright Counties.
Marriage 101 help you guide how to build a stong marriage and save your marriage
Dr. Olson at the University of Minnesota cited in his book, "marriage & Families," a number of issues new couples should avoid in order to build strong families.
The following is a list of 13 problematic issues to be avoided.
After you go through the list, what do you think?
Are you upset because your relationship with your partner has several issues that were mentioned in the lists?
"Stop," right there, "breathe."
We all have a baggage in our lives because no one is perfect. I think many issues are workable if we are ready to work through it and ready for the challenges that were brought by our past.
However, many people are not ready for the challenges. We may think that they are "hot buttons" that we would like to hide under the carpet.
That is why you may feel upset by the list.
I think that this list can be a guide for anybody to use as a check up before married. If you checked one or more of the problematic issues, then talk about them with your partner. You can share honest opinions regarding the issues, and make a plan how to resolve the challenges as they arise in the future.
Remember people are not perfect. We will not have a strong marriage and relationship without working on it. Marriage 101 tells you that "You build a strong marriage with your partner."
Getting marriage is not a goal. It is a start for the next phase of your life with your partner.