Wednesday, July 21, 2010

House of Hurt

posted by Michele Olson

Perhaps you caught this short story on ABC News and the extended story on Primetime. It’s about the Stewart family. Primetime followed the Stewart family for nine months during its turbulent transition, documenting their home life and attending multiple sessions with their divorce mediator, and with a family therapist and an attorney.
Although the family wants to move on, they can't sell their house and therefore neither can afford to move out. They went along with the idea of living together to ease the kids into the idea of divorce, but it's been a much longer journey than they originally imagined.

I would encourage you to read the story and watch the video. Not because you want to view the pain of another family, but because it could cause you to think twice about inflicting that kind of pain in your own.

The looks on the kids faces, the weariness, the despair…the desire to move on. We have to wonder if this couple had been participating in marriage education on a yearly basis if they would have come to this point in their marriage. Marriage education cannot cure everything, but it can go a long way in preventing the point of no return where many couples find themselves once they make the mental decision to entertain divorce.

Watch, learn and comment. Can you relate?

Are you participating in marriage education?

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