“You don’t understand what I’m going through,” Nate said.
“Well, you don’t understand what it’s like for me,” Kaley told Nate.
After two years of marriage, we found ourselves caught in this trap. It's a predicament that so many couples find themselves in, a conflict that boils down to this: you don’t understand me.
For us, an unexpected accident triggered these feelings of misunderstanding. Thirteen years ago, Nate had a serious...
Spring is finally here.
If you're like us, you might be cleaning out your closet, sweeping the garage, or tossing out old files from your office.
There's something cathartic about spring clean up. And yet we think this ritual shouldn’t be limited to your home, garden, or storage room.
As you transition out of the snow, cold, and long nights of winter, what would it look like to also spring clean your relationship?
Here are our three favorite tools.
Have you ever had a single line of text change your life?
We have. Here’s a line that changed ours from two of our mentors Gay and Katie Hendricks:
“In all times and every way, we are getting exactly what we are committed to getting.”
Take a moment to sit with this idea.
Take a moment to let it in.
Consider the idea that, somehow, you are committed to getting all the problems and challenges you experience throughout the day.
Most of us recoil at the very...
Change is in the air.
Thanks to the miracle of rapid vaccine production, our daughter can now see her grandparents again. We can see our friends again. And we're on the cusp of safely gathering together in groups for parties, weddings, and events.
Walking around our town last weekend, we noticed a new atmosphere of excitement and hope in our city. We could feel the sense of a “new normal" beginning to arrive.
This moment of transition means that our habits, routines, and...
During the years we spent writing The 80/80 Marriage, we often wondered: what will our future critics point to as the book’s primary flaw?
We imagined there might be political critiques – some would see us as too progressive and others as too conservative in our defense of marriage.
We also imagined that critics might seize on the fact that we're not licensed marriage therapists. "Writing marriage books," they might say, "is a pastime reserved for those who dole out...
It’s 6pm on Friday night. It's been a long week. You sit at the table for family dinner. You’re ready to leave work and the chaos of the week behind -- to relax and, finally, connect with your family.
But, somehow, your mind didn’t get the memo. No, the voice in your head sounds more like a heavily-caffeinated line manager, barking out orders like, “You forgot to send that email, didn't you?" “When are you going to book the reservations for the summer...
If emotions are like waves, our local community got hit by a tsunami this week.
We like to call Boulder our "souls' home." It’s where we were both born. It’s where we met, during our senior year at Boulder High. It’s where we got married 15 years ago. It’s where we've raised our daughter for the last eight years.
So you can imagine the shock and horror we experienced when we started receiving texts from friends and family members throughout the world asking if we were...
Marriage is a lot like owning a car. You don’t have to take it in for regular tune-ups, nor do you have to change its oil or fill up its tires. But sooner or later, this haphazard approach is likely to leave you stranded on the side of the road or with no car at all.
The same is true in marriage. You don’t have to reveal all of those microscopic truths: the subtle resentment you feel when cleaning up after your partner or the irritation that springs from feeling controlled....
We're thrilled to report that The New York Times did a review this week of our book, The 80/80 Marriage. They linked radical generosity in life to what happens in the bedroom. Read the article and ask yourself: "How does the way I do life show up in sex?" Click here to read the full article.
COVID-19 has brought most married couples closer, but not in the way you might think.
We now live our lives closer together: traveling less, leaving the house less, and working nearer to each other during the day. We also do more of the daily activities of life together (parenting, cooking, cleaning, etc.).
We're close. But we are often not connected.
Here’s what this marriage paradox looks like for us. We get to the end of the day and realize that -- even though neither of us has left...