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Marriage is foundation of family

Q: My wife and I have been talking about the importance of helping each of our four children feel more connected and secure. I guess that really means strengthening our family as a whole. So – what's your single best "pro tip"?

Jim: You've probably heard the old schoolyard rhyme: "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage." If you think about it, this simple bit of poetry actually contains a blueprint for happy, successful family living.

I'd submit that marriage is the ideal foundation of the family – it's how our Creator designed things to be. That's why a husband and wife's priority should be the health of their relationship. In fact, family psychologist John Rosemond says that couples should spend 80 percent of their time strengthening their marriage, over and above the demands of their schedules or the needs of their children. If 80 percent sounds extreme to you, remember this: your kids are only as safe and nurtured as your marriage. They'll be most content when their parents' relationship is solid.

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