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7 tips for the groom-to-be

No one is ever truly prepared for marriage. No one knows how hard it can really be, and no one knows all the secrets to a perfect marriage. However, the following tips can be helpful for the groom to be a little more prepared before saying, "I do."
Kilee Luthi, FamilyShare Modified: July 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm •  Published: July 13, 2014

As young couples prepare for marriage, they are on the path to discovering life at its finest. Marriage is beautiful. It brings to life a type of joy and light that isn’t found elsewhere. However, marriage is hard and takes work. While nothing can truly prepare anyone for what marriage will bring, the following 7 tips can be helpful for the future of the groom.

Marriage isn’t easy

Few things take more work in life than the work required to keep a marriage running smoothly. No matter how much effort is put in, there will still be ripples in the marriage waters. It's a roller coaster full of highs and lows. When the going gets tough, remember marriage is not supposed to be easy. Don't give up. When work is put in, the value will increase.

Hormones are real

Seriously. Whether she is pregnant or just having a particularly emotional month, consider the hormones. She may act different — maybe a little mean. Keep in mind hormones are nasty buggers and be prepared for their occasional wrath. This doesn’t necessarily excuse poor behavior on the bride’s part, but it can help the groom first, understand that she may feel out of control and second, recognize hormonal patterns in her behavior.

Empathy can go a long way

Empathy fuels connection in relationships. It allows her feelings to be heard and valued. Empathy is about validation, hearing, understanding, and vulnerability. With those in place, with whatever is happening in the marriage, hard feelings can be resolved and connections built through the use of empathy.

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