Would You Wear a Rubber Wedding Ring?

BY: - 23 Aug '13 | Marriage

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In the past here on BlackandMarriedWithKids.com, and the Facebook page there have been conversations about wedding rings.  The conversations have ranged from upgrading your ring, to the size of your ring, to why wouldn’t you wear your wedding ring!  Wedding rings seem to bring out some deep-hearted discussions with people.

Wedding rings, hard knocks, and football

Recently, HBO kicked off it’s latest season of Hard Knocks.  Hard Knocks is a sports series in which HBO follows an NFL team through preseason training.  This season, they are following the Cincinnati Bengals, and wedding rings were being discussed…in an NFL preseason training camp.  Yes, wedding rings are serious!

The starting quarterback of the Bengals, Andy Dalton, sports a rubber wedding band during practices.  His teammates do what good teammates (and coaches) do, they began to give him a hard time about it.  But Andy still rocks his rubber ring proudly.

He’s not alone in the dilemma he is facing, being married and being in an environment not really conducive for a wedding ring.  Construction workers, surgeons, and equipment operators all face the same challenge.  How do you honor your wife and marriage without risking your wedding ring getting lost, damaged, or destroyed?  Maybe Andy is on to something.

Do you wear your wedding ring everywhere?

I personally enjoy wearing my wedding ring, and don’t leave home without it.  First, I love my wife, our marriage, and think it is pretty cool that someone said “yes” to me.  I have no shame in that.  But I also don’t want to appear available to anybody.

If my work could lead to me losing or damaging my wedding ring, I may have to think twice about it. The rubber wedding ring seems like a cool solution to that problem.

What kind of message is sent?

Not everybody wears their wedding ring everywhere, and its no big deal.  But what kind of message is sent?  The message Andy Dalton is sending by wearing his rubber wedding ring in practice, and giving his teammates one more reason to clown, is pretty strong.  And truth be told some of teammates probably wish they would be as bold.

BMWK – What are your thoughts on wearing wedding rings all the time?  And would you wear a rubber wedding ring?

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Jackie Bledsoe, Jr. wrote 62 articles on this blog.

Jackie is an author, blogger, and speaker who helps men better love their wives and lead their families. He is the creator of The 7 Rings of Marriage™. You can receive his latest BMWK posts in your inbox, plus his latest marriage and parenting posts from around the web by subscribing to his weekly newsletter!

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11 WordPress comments on “Would You Wear a Rubber Wedding Ring?

  1. PB-NorVA

    Don’t get too hung up on the “ring”. We have been married for almost 27 years. i love to wear my ring and my husband does too. But sometimes it can be impractical. My hubby is a former appliance tech who NEVER removed his ring. When he had hip replacement surgery a couple of years ago, the ring had to be cut off because he could not get it past his knuckle. We both bought new rings! Focus on the relationship — the ring is a TOKEN of your love.

    1. Sheena

      Saferingz.Com is where you can find these amazing rubber wedding rings! They have black like the one Andy Dalton is wearing & also other beautiful metallic colors like platinum silver and gold! I wear one & absolutely love it! I’m a married firefighter & barrel racer & the Saferingz is safe for me to wear! Perfect for electricians, mechanics, athletes, & anyone who works with their hands! Check out Saferingz!

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  5. Kimberly

    I actually think they are pretty cool. The first time I saw them a husband and wife firefighters were wearing them. They expained that they can be cut off more easily than metal plus they won’t rip your finger off if they get caught in machinery, also they don’t conduct heat so working around fire they were better for that.
    My Granddad was working in his wood shop one time and when the router took of half is his ring and middle fingers they had to cut off his wedding band and it can be very difficult to get something to cut it with under the band on a swollen finger without causing further injury. The silicone/rubber bands are more firgiving, also you can get a half size smaller and still get it over the knuckle and it fit the ring part of the finger.
    I have another friend that works for a major appliance company and sometimes he has to work in the lab building molds so he says that’s partially why he doesn’t wear it, and partially he has had his original ring sized 3 times (bigger to smaller and to bigger) and if he sizes it again it will break so he doesn’t wear his ring at all… he is a christian married man of 15 years and a father, a really good man but I think not wearing his ring sends a false message about who he is.
    ALso when you are traceling (especially in some other countries or doing community work in questionable neighborhoods) they are more modest and you aren’t likely to get mugged for someone to steal it so you can leave the valuable one at home for safety but still show you are proudly committed to your spouse.
    Plus they start at about six bucks so if you lose it fishing ot swimming or something who cares.
    Just my opinion.

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  7. Paul T. Bennett

    I’m actually looking into it.

    I lost my original wedding ring 5 years ago.

    I’ve lost 2 other cheaper rings since then

    Currently, I’m wearing a chrome plated faucet ring, that fits perfectly.

    Problem is… I take my ring off constantly – either washing hands, or applying lotions. I don’t wear when exercising either, so it’s always being misplaced.

    I’m tentative on getting other… just as I’m tentative on getting expensive glasses, since I used to lose those all the time too… in part because I don’t need them MOST of the time.

    I agree with others above… it’s a SYMBOL, but not the RELATIONSHIP…. happily married 17 years.

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Why is the Divorce Rate Among Church Goers as High as Non-Church Goers?

BY: - 26 Aug '13 | Marriage

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It can really be puzzling to think that the divorce rate among church goers and non-church goers is relatively the same. When looking at the research that has been collected the divorce rate among Americans is between 40 and 50%. While among American church goers the rate is 42%.

Question  – Why is this rate so close in both groups if one is serving God, the ultimate higher power- where is the common misfortune? 

Even though one group goes to church, both are missing the same thing.  The skill set needed for strong healthy happy marriages.

I looked at the studies, but I also asked those around me to answer this question. The standard response was that at church they teach you about the Bible but not how to apply it to everyday married life. If they teach on marriage it isn’t often. So the skill set is still missing.

Sadly the top reasons noted for divorce (in no specific order) are:

  • Ineffective communication (arguing too much)
  • Spouses placing varying significance on things within the relationship
  • Finances
  • Infidelity/Abuse
  • An unresolved past

If these things are at the top of the list, this is where you need instruction BEFORE entering marriage. Not to worry, there is still great hope if you got married before gaining this information (which many of us do, to include me). Go back and gain the tools necessary for success. If you are single be sure to get some tools in your toolbox before accepting the position of husband or wife. You cannot expect to be a master carpenter and build a fabulous marriage without the proper tools. Yet, with the proper tools your can build a mansion.

Since you know some of the leading causes for divorce, make it a point to educate yourself in these areas. Healthy relationships are your birthright. Find a local church, support group, use this site or take a class to help you experience the fullness and beauty of your marriage.

BMWK –  Are you willing to gain skill and put it into action to strengthen your marriage so that divorce is not an option? Share this on Facebook if you are willing to take a bold stand for marriage. Retweet and comment, Let’s declare war on divorce!

 

 

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