In 16 years of marriage, Chad and I have discovered that unexpected surprises create stress.
Like everybody else, Chad and I have busy, full lives. We thought our hectic schedules created surprises and surprises created stress. But the things we were involved in weren’t bad things, and in many cases, couldn’t be avoided.
The problem wasn’t our schedules; it was our lack of communication. So we instituted what we jokingly call our monthly staff meetings. On the first of every month, we sit down to go over last month and prepare for next month.
Staff meetings aren’t a fool-proof strategy for conflict-free marriages; they just help us plan and prepare for life’s little surprises. And stress is easier to manage when you can see it coming.
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