E150: Prioritizing your Marriage over your Kids

Here are Mark's notes for this episode: 

  1.  People often say that, your spouse is forever, but parenting is just for a few years. That is more true than you can know. 
  2. Your marriage is the parenting machine. The two of you together form the leadership and culture of your child’s lives.
  3. Marriage works on you as a person. The better you become as a person, the better you become as a parent. 
  4. The best thing you can do for your kids is love their mom well. Love their dad well. 

How to prioritize

  1. Prioritizing begins in the heart. Keep feeding that relationship.
  2. Maintain date nights, or date experiences, that keep you connected.
  3. Tell your kids that your spouse comes first. 
  4. Never disrespect your spouse in front of your kids. Our kids can be confused about their life already. If they feel like you are on separate teams, you will lead them to confusion. 

Signs that you are not prioritizing.

  1. When you come home, you are excited to see your kids, but you’re not excited to see your spouse.
  2. You gladly sacrifice time and money to serve your kids. But you hate doing it for your spouse. 
  3. You no longer make love to each other consistently.

Your marriage is at the foundation of your entire life. If you build your marriage. It will support everything to do with your life. If you do not build your marriage, it will threaten everything you do with your life.

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E149: The price of calling

The price of calling. 

  1. Rejection
  2. Loneliness
  3. Failure

If you want to live with a sense of calling, do these three things:

*know your purpose in one sentence!
*find the people that see your gift and encourage you toward it.
*take a step. Small, awkward steps.

If you would like to join our next live online group mastermind simply text the word purpose to 918-401-9608.
Here is a video about this experience that you can share with others.

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E146: “Why is marriage so frustrating!”

A young man asked Mark, “Why is marriage so frustrating?” 
In this episode Mark and Adena compare the partnership in pickleball to the partnership in marriage. When your partner is in the wrong mode, they will struggle. Here are four things to do to help your spouse when they are struggling as your partner.

1. See the other person's side.
2. See how you have impacted your partner.
3. Put aside your frustration and choose to feed their needs.
4. Talk about your differences of opinion. 

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E145: “Help! My son is going to be a high school senior.”

In this episode Mark outlines how to have a meeting with your teenage son or daughter. The goal of this meeting is to:

  1.   Open up communication between your and your child. 
  2.   Establish good boundaries/rules for the remaining years in your home. 
  3.   Help them to take ownership of their life. 

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E144: Career or family?

We all want to live our best bold life. We want to take our lives seriously. We want to our lives to make a difference. We also want things like love, marriage, and family. How do we balance all of that? 

Do I have to sacrifice career success in order to have family success? 

Here is a bonus video where Mark describes how to prioritize your life for legacy: https://youtu.be/xJ1uJ4KfSn8

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