Charlie and Ida McClendon, married 63 years. They have taught and used the Dynamic Marriage "tools for a lifetime" to build a better marriage over 63 years together.

Tools for a Lifetime: Build a Better Marriage

Marriage Dynamics Institute Connection, Marriage Courses, Marriage Health, Reconnecting

For a lot of couples, 2020 was a particularly hard year for their marriage. But when Charlie McClendon received calls from distressed couples who had already taken a Dynamic Marriage course, he knew just what to do. “I told them to go home and get out their Dynamic Marriage books and go back through the material,” Charlie said. “And when …

Older couple walking on beach.- close together.

From Separation to Sharing the Love: A Dynamic Marriage Journey

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Communication, Connection, Faith, Family, Forgiveness, Humility, Intimacy, Marriage Counseling, Marriage Courses, Marriage Health, Quality Time, Reconnecting, Selfishness, Separation, Uncategorized

Every Dynamic Marriage journey has a “before” story. For *Greg and Kate Watts, the story began when they met in 1976. According to them, it was love at first sight. We enjoyed being together and spending hours in great conversation.  We shared the same sense of humor.  Our interests were similar.  We enjoyed going to church together and our personalities …

Couple walking and conversing.

Walking Together for a Better Marriage

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Connection, Marriage Health, Mental Health, Quality Time, Reconnecting

Question: What one activity can improve your physical health, enhance your mental well-being, elevate your mood, and increase communication with your spouse? Answer: Walking together. Most everyone knows that walking is a great form of exercise. Experts agree that walking improves general fitness, including cardiac health. Walking in combination with a healthy diet can help prevent weight gain. It creates …

Man watering grass

The Joys of Marriage Maintenance

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Communication, Conflict, Connection, Contentment, Date Night, Gratitude, Intimacy, Marriage Health, Reconnecting

If you are a home owner, you know about maintenance. Unless your house is newly constructed, and sometimes even if it is, something always needs repair. Or a little touch of paint.  Or a battery in the smoke detector. Or….whatever. And spring cleaning is a thing becauses houses get dirty. Once a year or so they need a good going-over …

Monarch butterfly coming out of cocoon

Marriage Courses that Really Work

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Connection, Goals, Intimacy, Marriage Courses, Reconnecting

A caterpillar hatches and eats non-stop for days. Then it spins a sac around its body and undergoes radical change, emerging in just a couple of weeks as a different creature. This transformation–from caterpillar to butterfly—is nothing short of a miracle. At Marriage Dynamics, we offer marriage courses that inspire transformation in marriage. What happens during a nine-week Dynamic Marriage …

Unhappy couple considers options for marriage help

Marriage Counseling or Marriage Intensive?

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Connection, Marriage Counseling, Marriage Health, Marriage Intensive, Reconnecting

When your marriage isn’t going well, should you look for marriage counseling? Or is it better to find a good marriage intensive, like a weekend marriage retreat? According to one veteran marriage therapist, both approaches serve useful purposes. But a marriage intensive can help speed up the counseling process. I tell my clients a marriage intensive will often allow them …

Offended? Forgiveness brings freedom.

Offended? Try These 5 Steps to Forgiveness

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Conflict, Connection, Criticism, Faith, Forgiveness, Hope, Humility, Intimacy, Marriage Health, Reconnecting, When Life is Difficult

Question: How do you respond when you feel offended? Do you assume the worst and turn the offense over and over and in your mind, replaying the incident and reliving the hurt? Do you catalogue other offenses committed by the person in question, adding fuel to your resentment? Maintaining healthy relationships requires a willingness to forgive when we are offended. …

Pandemic and the Unexpected Gift

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Gifts, Quality Time, Reconnecting, When Life is Difficult

Pandemic.  At the risk of stating the obvious, we are living through unusual days. No matter what part of the country you are in, if you listen to or read any news at all, you are aware that the world is more than a little chaotic right now. At the very least, there is much uncertainty. And no one really …

Running Together into 2020

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Connection, Goals, Marriage Health, Quality Time, Reconnecting, Romance

Have you ever seen a three-legged race? Teams of two people tie one leg to the other person’s leg and then take off running together on what looks like three legs. It’s awkward at best. And kind of silly. But after a few clumsy steps, it’s possible for two people who are tied to each other to cooperate and race …

Surviving the Empty Nest

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Conflict, Connection, Empty Nest, Reconnecting

The eighteen years or so that a child is at home are filled with all kinds of activity, and a wide range of emotions. And when that child leaves home—for college, or the military, to move into their own apartment or get married—the house may seem incredibly empty. If weekends have been filled with sporting events, dance competitions, youth group …