5 Days of Hashtags Busy Professionals Can Use to Connect with Their Family

BY: - 25 Dec '14 | Marriage

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Mr. and Ms. working professionals, what is the most important thing in your life next to your faith? Most of you would proudly say your children, spouse, or family. And you have a full house of family, food, and joy during the holiday season to prove it.

But as you know, the high costs associated with your family being the most important thing in your life sometimes competes against the time you have to spend with them. With both of you working, the commutes to and fro, and the on-demand smart phone access to emails erasing the line of demarcation between work and family time, it’s challenging to spend the amount of quality time you’d like to spend with them to connect in deeper more meaningful way.

So as 2015 approaches, and you begin to think about how to improve the relationship with your spouse and your children, here are 5 days of hashtags busy working professional can do throughout the week to connect with their family on a deeper level even though your demanding workload hasn’t decreased.

#MotivationalMonday:

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Text each person in your family a message that’s specifically motivational to them. Keep it short and sweet, yet personal to something they're going through.

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Heath Wiggins wrote 83 articles on this blog.

The Purveyor of Understanding - Heath Wiggins married Bernadette (Bernie) Wiggins in October 1997. Together they founded the Family Bootcamp, LLC., a relationship consulting business that helps people improve the communication and trust in relationships. In 2013, Heath launched the blog and book His Leadership Her Trust to combat the lack of trust women had in allowing men be leaders in their relationships. His mission is to teach Christian men how to lead in such a way that women trust, respect, and actually want to them.

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3 Relationship Behaviors Couples Should Not Bring Into 2015

BY: - 25 Dec '14 | Marriage

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Well, it’s time we bid farewell to 2014. As it makes its exit, there are also a few things we’d like to send along with it. In many of our relationships, there were some ideas and behaviors that did not serve us well this past year. As we enter into another new beginning, we have to be willing to make a few necessary alterations. Here are three behaviors that aren’t invited into our 2015.

Accepting an average/mediocre marriage is a behavior far too many couples display. It has become an unfortunate expectation in our marriages today. So we just deal with it. Please know, that doesn’t have to be your reality. Knowing it isn’t working and being accepting of that is not okay. Think about what didn’t work in your marriage this past year. Were there more disagreements? Did you not spend enough quality time together? Was your sex life lacking frequency, energy and creativity?

Recognize where you struggled as a couple. More importantly, think about how it felt. Usually, when we suffer or certain situations hurt or cost us bad enough, we are not likely to repeat that behavior. Consider what you lost with that struggle and promptly steer clear of repeating those actions. Also, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to seek coaching, counseling or other resources for your marriage.

In order to create a marriage that adds to your life and honors your commitment, it’s important to get very specific about your relationship goals.

Not being excited or interested in your marriage is a big no no.  Take it back a little bit and think about your engagement and wedding day. What were you most excited about with regard to being married? Was it catering to someone, being loved, or simply the idea of sharing your life with someone? For 2015, find new things to be excited about in your relationship.

For me, I’m excited that my husband and I will be embarking on a new journey and I’m anxious to see the teamwork that will be involved in sending our first born off to college. It’s scary, but I’m looking forward to sharing this new phase together. I’m also looking forward to being creative with our date nights again. Our oldest daughter leaving means we’re back to looking for babysitters for our youngest. Which means date nights will have to be better thought out and planned. I’m up for the challenge.

Not honoring your commitment is another behavior that occurs too frequently in marriage. Make a commitment to be better, more attentive, less selfish and more understanding. Be honest about where you fell short as a spouse. This is the only way we can truly begin to grow. Only seeing the shortcomings of others is a weakness that will continue to stunt your growth as an individual. Own your flaws.

Your spouse isn’t perfect and neither are you. If it’s anger, research classes in your area to help you manage it. If it’s low sex drive, seek resources, or a physician who can help you understand and navigate through it. Don’t ever get comfortable with not being a great spouse.

In order to create a marriage that adds to your life and honors your commitment, it’s important to get very specific about your relationship goals. To create specific marriage goals for 2015, be clear on what you both desire. Your 2015 Marriage will be a result of the energy, enthusiasm and effort you and your spouse deposit into it.

BMWK, what relationships behaviors are you leaving in 2014?

 

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Tiya Cunningham-Sumter wrote 635 articles on this blog.

Tiya Cunningham-Sumter is a Certified Life & Relationship Coach, founder of Life Editing and Author of A Conversation Piece: 32 Bold Relationship Lessons for Discussing Marriage, Sex and Conflict Available on Amazon . She helps couples and individuals rewrite their life to reflect their dreams. Tiya has been featured in Essence and Ebony Magazines, and named one of the top blogs to read now by Refinery29. She resides in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. To find out more about Tiya, and her coaching, visit www.thelifeandlovecoach.com and www.theboldersister.com.

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