Even when we know feedback strengthens relationships, in a marriage it’s easy to give input out of anger, at the wrong time, or to avoid the process entirely. In this episode we discuss practical steps for getting feedback from your spouse and how this process can strengthen your relationship.
Related (ish) Links and Follow up
CHICK-fil-A (emphasis matters) - But if you listen to the Oxford dictionary, maybe Joy is more right than wrong! (What do you think?)
A blog post outlining much of this talk is here:
Finally, as promised, here’s a list of the sample questions we discussed on the episode:
Remember to end with a couple of positive questions.
Bonus family questions (as mentioned)
Talk About This:
This week is all about talking through the questions above. Please GO for it!
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Whether you have intentionally set aside family connection time OR you have found yourself waiting together in an unexpectedly long line (coke freestyle machines, I’m looking at you!), make the most of the time by playing together. Today’s conversation is about some of our favorite, (mostly) mobile games that give you the opportunity to laugh together.
Related (ish) Links
How many hours does the average dog sleep?
Algorithm a la Urban Dictionary…
Squiggly (make a picture) game
License plate games
This post describes the license plate game along with a bunch of other road trip games.
Telephone on paper
Make up a story
Wikipedia challenge & Storytelling
Pee Chee folders (Did you have these growing up?)
Talk about this:
Tell us about your favorite games!!!
Every relationship has its tensions, but hanging with your in-laws has its own brand of intensity. While dynamics can vary wildly, a few basic principles can help any situation. In this episode Billy and Joy talk about a handful of “best practices” which are great foundations for healthy in-law relationships.
Related (ish) Links
Earl Gray is NOT English Breakfast Tea
Play the game – can you hear Mack, the yellow lab? He goes on a rolling escapade in the middle of recording ignoring all the pleas of our sound engineer (Billy).
This is a good article about the importance of trying to be empathetic
Boundaries are your friend! This is our favorite writers on this topic are Henry Cloud and John Townsend
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We don’t always realize both our kids AND our parenting are traveling through predictable stages. In fact, we go through the phases not once, but twice. In this episode Billy & Joy go through each stage so you will can recognize the challenges and realize that the "deja vu" you're experiencing is completely normal!
Related (ish) Links:
Backmasking a la Wikipedia
The famous Farrah poster… you don’t need a link do you? How about this one to switch things up?
Growth Stage – Stephen Glenn
Glenn’s most popular book is Raising Self Reliant Children in a Self-indulgent World
The book with the stages isn’t currently in print, but you can read the material on google books here:
The Three Stages
Discovery - Age 0-4
Testing Out – Age 5-6
Concluding – Age 9-12
Discovery - Age 12-14
Testing Out – Age 15-17
Concluding – 17+
Talk about this:
Evaluate what stage your children are in and ask yourself what work do I need to do to make this stage better?
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When life gets full it’s easy to slip into maintenance mode and drift into isolation. But isolation is terrible for our marriage and family. In this episode Billy and Joy talk about why we avoid being in community, why it matters and how we find connection with others.
The Jeep Wave – it’s a thing
No one describes the shame issue better than Brene Brown. You should watch her TED talk here
Or pick up her book Daring Greatly
“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?”
Tim Ferris Podcast
“You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with” Jim Rohn
Talk about this: In your world, who is where you want to be? What are the tensions you face that you would want to ask them about? Make a plan to connect!