January 30, 2011

I Wish I'd Known...

I discovered Focus On The Family on our local Christian radio station on the way to work last year and have made a habit of listening to some of the broadcasts online.  Very digest-able 25-minute segments, offering advice and testimony about a variety of family-related issues.  It was through this resource that I discovered Gary Chapman's latest book, Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married.  He appeared on the show to talk about the book, and while I haven't read it yet, I already know that this is right up my alley.

If you're getting married, establish who's going to clean the toilets, because if your dad did it when you were a kid and his mom did it when he was growing up, that toilet may never get cleaned.
In my own experience, even little things like the expectations at the dinner table and bathroom sink etiquette were something we stumbled through in the beginning.  But for many couples, I would imagine the build up of all these little clashes eventually creates a toxic and resentful home.

When you have a moment (I often just plug my earphones into my PC at the office and listen while I work), take a listen:

Building A Strong Foundation For Your Marriage - Part 1 of 2

Building A Strong Foundation For Your Marriage - Part 2 of 2