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  • resilient marriage

Three Ways to a Resilient Marriage

We’ve been hearing from many of our SmartLoving leaders around the world looking for help in supporting couples under stress. There’s certainly a lot of stress going around with pandemic-induced changes and uncertainty. It got us reflecting on marital resilience -- the ability of a relationship to endure and persevere through difficulties. There is quite a bit of information on personal resilience, and it’s a buzzword in education these days, but ...

By |2022-06-17T17:12:15+10:00June 17th, 2022|FAMILIES, LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
  • unity

Unity in Couple Decision-Making

Behind every behaviour or decision that you make, is a value -- something that you hold in high esteem and is advanced in some way by the action. For example, making the choice to work back late, may reflect any one of a number of values, such as: having pride in doing a job well, reducing financial debt, avoiding anticipated conflict at home, or being appreciated by colleagues All of these ...

By |2022-06-03T22:48:27+10:00June 3rd, 2022|FAMILIES, LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
  • gratitude

The Gift of Gratitude

Modelling gratitude to your children helps them form the habit of being thankful and displaying appreciation to those around them. I am sure you have all witnessed your own child or someone else’s at Christmas, receiving so many gifts that they are not even excited or thankful by the end of the paper-ripping and gift-opening frenzy! Babies are not born grateful and toddlers are fully self-obsessed, so the art of gratefulness ...

By |2022-05-24T07:51:26+10:00May 24th, 2022|Children, MOTHERS|0 Comments
  • saying no

How to React to a No

Are you able to graciously accept a "no", or would you be cross and upset about it? I find it hard to say no to a lot of the opportunities in my life. The big opportunities that are life-changing, I pray about and give some thought to before saying yes. But the little decisions here and there of being asked to do this and whether I’d like to do that, I ...

By |2022-03-31T13:38:56+10:00March 31st, 2022|MOTHERS|0 Comments
  • listening

Listening is the Underdog of All Communication

The family dog has taught us a variety of life lessons, including how to communicate better as humans. Owning a pet has been a journey that has taken the better part of a decade. A year into owning a dog -- or rather being the caretaker of one -- I’m sold on the adage that dogs are “man’s best friend.” Fish were tried, but died. Cats? We’ve been there and done ...

By |2022-01-28T19:09:52+10:00January 28th, 2022|Children, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
  • communication

Seven Habits of Effective Communicators

Almost everyone agrees that communication -- good communication -- is essential to successful relationships. But what constitutes ‘good’ communication? The answer to that all depends on our goals, which will be different for various relationships and dependent on the circumstances. If our goal is to give clear instructions to an employee, it will call for a different kind of communication to what we might use when encouraging a child struggling to ...

By |2022-01-14T18:50:23+10:00January 14th, 2022|LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
  • fear

Have We All Become Paranoid Parents?

It was a sunny Saturday morning; I was dining alfresco at a restaurant on a busy street, casually sipping my coffee, when I noticed a little girl wander past our table and down the street. Her mother was deep in conversation and didn’t notice. I didn’t want to cause alarm by yelling at her to watch her child from across the busy tables, so I walked toward the little girl. She ...

By |2021-08-30T11:42:23+10:00August 31st, 2021|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, MOTHERS|0 Comments
  • work-life balance

Is Work-Life Balance (still) Possible?

Oprah Winfrey said that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time. Was she right? Today we unpack work-life balance and ask if it is still possible. And if it is, then how? When the term work-life balance is raised, it usually stirs some sort of emotion in you. There are a few who don’t desire ‘work-life balance’, but on the whole, most men I speak to have ...

By |2021-08-23T10:47:13+10:00August 25th, 2021|Dads, FAMILIES, LOVE & MARRIAGE, MANHOOD, MENS HEALTH|0 Comments
  • burnout unhappy

Are You About to Burn Out?

How close are you to burning out? Could you recognise the signs? What will the consequences be if you did burn out? In episode 44 of Real Talk 4 Real Men, Guy and Chris unpack how you can guard against burnout. As I sat on the last train of the night home from another exhausting and stressful day at the office, my brain continued to race as I reflected on the ...

  • Yes Day

YES Day — A Family Comedy With a Message for All

“Yes Day — you have to see it, Warwick,” he said with unbridled enthusiasm. “It is a great family movie that every family should watch!” His strong recommendation really caught my interest. For one thing, he is married but has no children. Secondly, my friend is a very switched-on, media-savvy guy, who is passionate in his support of fathers and families.   Yes Day, the movie, is based on a bestselling ...

By |2021-05-21T19:14:42+10:00April 10th, 2021|Children, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, VIDEOS|0 Comments
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