Real Essentials

Scholars have been warning us for decades that putting marriage AFTER the baby carriage is risky. Research clearly indicates that young adults who put education, work, marriage, and parenthood in the right order have dramatically better life outcomes on a broad range of indicators. Research also indicates men, women, and children are much more likely to enjoy a stable and supportive family life when they sequence marriage before parenthood. Real Essentials provides relationship and leadership skills to educate, equip, and empower teenagers to live and love well. It helps realign marriage and parenthood and put them back in the proper order by promoting the "success sequence:" 1) get your education, 2) get a job, 3) get married, 4) then have children. Census data show that if all Americans finished high school, worked full time at whatever job they then qualified for with their education, and married at the same rate as Americans had married in 1970, the poverty rate would be cut by around 70% — without additional government spending. No welfare program, however amply funded, could ever hope for anything approaching such success.

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Start Smart

Do you want the 5 year plan or the 50-year plan for your marriage? When it comes to your most valuable relationships, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Start Smart is a comprehensive premarital mentoring program with 4 key elements: 1. A premarital inventory driven by current research that provides a comprehensive, unique profile of a couple’s relationship, measuring their strengths and growth areas in 13 critical categories needed for a successful marriage. 2. Up to five mentoring sessions with trained “Marriage Coaches” to process Start Smart inventory answers and workbook exercises through targeted discussion. 3. Experiential learning of specific communication and conflict resolution skills crucial to a healthy marriage 4. A 56-page workbook packed with innovative exercises and meaningful content regarding expectations, finances, personalities and perspectives, sexuality and intimacy, communication and conflict resolution. The Start Smart workbook is free for couples who purchase the inventory, and printed as a pdf file.

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Adventures in Marriage

Most couples do not know “how” to be married. Adventures in Marriage helps couples discover better ways to meet one another’s needs, communicate, resolve conflicts, express anger, avoid dirty fighting, and understand how their personality styles impact relationships for better or worse. Fun, practical, and easy to learn, Adventures in Marriage is appropriate for couples at any age or stage. The program is designed to reach couples across the spectrum – from happy and highly motivated to struggling and highly stressed.

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Hope Weekend

Our vision for Hope Weekends is simple: We want to transform good marriages into great marriages, and we want troubled marriages to be healed and restored so more children will grow up in happier, healthier homes. Hope Weekends are marriage intensives that combine Christian principles with the latest research to provide specific, practical, attainable skills to help couples. Hope Weekends have saved 80% of troubled marriages since 2004. The program is designed to help couples rebuild intimacy and trust, and to teach couples essential relationship skills for developing, maintaining, and sustaining a deeply bonded and connected relationship.

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