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I’m A New Dad!

Imagine a nice middle-aged woman walking up to you on the street. She hands you a baby girl and says, “She’s yours now, take good care of her!” Standing there, holding that baby, you’d probably be feeling a few different things – baffled, confused and fundamentally, totally, out of your depth. That’s pretty much what I was feeling the first...

Should Christian Couples Ever Take A Break?

“Maybe we should take a break.” In modern dating, it's not uncommon to take a 'break' in response to relationship difficulties. But should Christian couples ever take a ‘break’? Can a ‘break’ actually be good for a relationship? Or are you just running away from your problems and postponing the inevitable?

Are You Making Time In Your Twenties To Massively Benefit Your Future Self?

With a baby on the way and the looming prospect of supporting our little family on a single income, I’ve been spending a fair bit of time recently reading personal finance books. Mostly, this has been in the hopes of finding one where the pages are stuffed with $100 bills. Alas. Invariably, the core principle of these books is that...

3 Things You Need To Do Before Starting a Long-Distance Relationship

Two months after Renée and I started dating, I moved 600kms away from her. For the next 5 months, our relationship was long–distance. We connected mostly over video calls, saw each other in-person once a month, and missed each other a lot. At the time, I didn’t really know what it meant to be starting a long-distance relationship, nor did...

How Do I Talk To My Partner About The Future?

Whenever I’m writing a new article, I’ll take a few minutes to do a quick Google search and see what’s out there. If you ask Google the question, “How Do I Talk To My Partner About The Future?” some of the titles on the first page include: “How to talk about the future with your partner in a way that...

How To Talk To Your Partner About Past Relationships

By the time Renée and I got engaged, we’d known each other for over 10 years. We first met at high school, had dated a couple of times during that period and we remained in varying degrees of contact in the years after.

10 Rules For Resolving Conflict In A Relationship

If you get your relationship inspiration from Instagram, you could be forgiven for thinking that the best relationships are conflict-free. We get sold a depiction of #relationshipgoals where couples are too busy taking photos in the sunset together to be fighting with each other.

What’s The Deal With Emotional Boundaries?

If you’ve been involved with Christian dating culture for more than a week, you’ve probably heard some variation of the term “emotional boundaries,” “emotional chastity” or “guarding your heart.” Emotional boundaries are like the Loch Ness monster of Christian dating. Everyone’s heard of them, but no one knows exactly what they look like or whether they’re even a real thing.

How Do I Talk To My Partner About Money?

In any long-term relationship, you’re going to have the occasional unpleasant conversation. In the two-and-a-half years Renée and I have been together we’ve had our fair share, covering disagreements, family dramas and even past relationships. But without a doubt, the most unpleasant conversation we’ve ever had was the first time we talked about money.

How Do I Know If I’ve Found “The One”?

For most people, deciding who they will marry is the single most life-defining decision they will ever make. As Tim Urban points out in his blog post How To Pick Your Life Partner, “when you choose a life partner, you’re choosing a lot of things, including your parenting partner and someone who will deeply influence your children, your eating companion...