Happy Anniversary, My Love

DR. MARGARET JAMAL WRITES… Today, I woke up and realized that once again my husband had arisen earlier than me.   I searched the room to quickly find him sitting in a chair near the window with his laptop computer on his lap and wearing his reading glasses.  He smiled at me and said, “good morning…

Couples Coping with Bad Child Behavior

DR. MARGARET JAMAL WRITES… Many of us may remember the critical moments before giving birth to a long awaited child.  But do we remember our thoughts, prayers, wishes and dreams concerning that child?  We want our new baby to be healthy and beautiful.  We even plan to count the toes and fingers.  Yet how many…

The Impact of Unemployment on Marriages

DR. MARGARET JAMAL WRITES… Can you guess what the men all have in common in the following movies: John Q, Cinderella Man, The Jacksons (An American Dream), Selena and The Pursuit of Happyness? The answer is that each of these men had to face the reaction of their wives from their being unemployed.  Of all…

Intimacy Beyond Sexual Abuse

DR. MARGARET JAMAL WRITES… For years, my family would refer to me as the one “who smells everything.”  From smelling my food before eating it to being able to find the source of foul odors, I have been the one to call.  I finally realized that my keen sense of smell was directly linked to…

Who Should Define Marriage?

DR. MARGARET JAMAL WRITES… After scanning recent headlines concerning same-sex marriage, one that caused considerable discussion included the following statement, “Obama also called for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.” This discussion led me to simply pose the questions, 1) Who really…

Broken Trust-How much time is needed to fix it?

DR. MARGARET JAMAL WRITES… During a recent live broadcast of our I Do Me 2 Blog Talk Radio (BTR) show, a person in our BTR chat room typed about how trust impacts forgiveness and even sexual relations.  After more discussion, my husband and I realized that this topic really struck a chord with a number…

FORGIVENESS IN MARRIAGE

CLICK TO LISTEN TO OUR ONLINE DISCUSSION INCLUDING THIS TOPIC.  Call in number to join us Tuesday night at 8:30 PM CST is (213) 943-3673. NOTE: We will resume the Top 10 Reasons for staying Married blogs, but because of so much that we have been hearing, witnessing and experiencing about forgiveness in marriage, we thought…

I Do Me2 Couple’s Challenge #3- Write a Little Marriage Prayer

You may remember the song “I Say a Little Prayer for You”  written by Burt Bacharach.  I just listened to the version song by Aretha Franklin introduced by someone that might bring back some old memories. Anyway, the challenge is for couples to work together to write a short Marriage Prayer that can be framed and…

Is Love Reason Enough to Stay Married?

CLICK TO LISTEN TO ONLINE RADIO DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS TOPIC. LISTEN , CHAT OR CALL IN AT (213) 943-3673 This blog entry is the third follow up to our challenge to develop top 10 Reasons to Stay Married. DR. MARGARET JAMAL WRITES… Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway sang the questions, “Where is the love you said was mine all…