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The Marriage Challenge

9
Jan

The Marriage Challenge Episode 12: The Sex Factor

Welcome to the first edition of The Marriage Challenge podcast in 2015. In this episode we are joined by Nicky and Sila Lee, the creators of The Marriage Course and authors of The Marriage Book, who talk about how we can build and improve sexual intimacy over a lifetime. They share openly and honestly about some of the challenges they have faced over the years and then offer some great advice on how, together as a couple, you can tackle and overcome sexual issues. Enjoy this down-to-earth episode with a couple who gently, yet confidently, approach a subject that is not always easy to talk about.

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11
Dec

The Marriage Challenge Episode 11: The Christmas Edition

Christmas can be both the most fun and the most stressful time of year for couples. Listen to Care for the Family founders Rob and Dianne Parsons reflect on Christmas past during their 43 year marriage and discover some helpful hints for Christmas present and future to help you make the most of the festive season.

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13
Nov

The Marriage Challenge Episode 10: The Empty Nest

In this latest episode of The Marriage Challenge podcast we are joined by Paul and Traci Lowden-Stoole who share their story of both children leaving home for university in the space of just a few days. Listen to their honest account of how they embraced a new season in their marriage.

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20
Oct

The Marriage Challenge Episode 9: Little people, big challenge!

Welcome to the latest edition of The Marriage Challenge podcast. In this episode we are joined by James and Jen Rankine who battle through sleep deprivation to tell of their experience as a married couple with three young daughters! With their household currently filled with messy mealtimes and toddler tantrums, they share at first-hand the challenges they face and have down-to-earth advice on how a relationship can not only survive but thrive amidst the frenetic environment of bringing up a young family. Quite simply a must-listen for any couples with young children.

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8
Sep

The Marriage Challenge Episode 8: Guess who’s coming to dinner? Building healthy relationships with the in-laws and extended family with Owen and Pauline Hylton.

In this episode we are joined by Owen and Pauline Hylton who share their own experiences of bringing together two very different family backgrounds and the challenges that followed in their marriage. In-laws are often the butt of jokes but for those struggling with difficult relatives it isn't always a laughing matter. Owen and Pauline share some great insights and advice to help create harmonious relationships with your partner's parents and wider family.

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11
Aug

The Marriage Challenge Episode 7: When the sparks fly!

In this episode we are joined by Andy and Fi Banes who share their own experience of the tensions that surfaced when they clashed over how to run a household together. Listen to their honest, and often humorous, recollection of the difficulties they faced and how they have learned over time to make their differences work for them and not against them.

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8
Jul

The Marriage Challenge Episode 6: The importance of humour in marriage featuring Chick and Margaret Yuill

In this edition of The Marriage Challenge, Chick and Margaret Yuill look at the importance of humour in marriage. They share candidly about how having fun and an ‘attitude of gratitude’ has helped them survive the tough times and bring joy to their 45 year marriage. Lots of advice and wisdom for couples at any stage of married life. Laughter really can be the best medicine!

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10
Jun

The Marriage Challenge Episode 5: Making time for each other featuring Philip and Kate Jinadu

Welcome to this month’s edition of The Marriage Challenge Podcast. Do you ever struggle with busyness and over-scheduling and find it hard to carve out regular time for your relationship? If you do - or someone close to you does - then this edition is for you. Philip and Kate Jinadu talk about the challenges that they have faced trying to stay connected during busy and stressful times. They offer some great tips on how to be intentional without being intense.

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13
May

The Marriage Challenge Episode 4: Facing challenges together featuring Sarah and David Abell

Welcome to The Marriage Challenge Podcast Episode 4 in which Sarah and David Abell speak vulnerably and candidly about their long journey to parenthood and some of the challenges they faced along the way. Their interview gives an insight into what it is like to go through miscarriage and fertility treatment and they share what helped them to cope along the way. As always - there is a practical challenge at the end for you to try in your own relationship this month.

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7
Apr

The Marriage Challenge Episode 3: Managing your money together featuring Mark and Cathy Madavan

In this edition we take a look at the often contentious issue of how to deal with finances in your relationship. Mark and Cathy Madavan share their own story of how they have learned to deal with their different approaches to saving and spending. They discuss some of the financial struggles they've experienced together and share some practical tips to help any couple manage their money well.

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