When your child is born, your first thought centers around how much you love them. What doesn’t come to mind? Their college fund. Many parents are overwhelmed by the fact that they are just that: parents. They think of their child going to college as a distant milestone. The cost of college can cause difficulty and stress for a lot of families. Thankfully, we decided to invest early in our children’s future.
I have a confession: I’m a recovering Neat Freak. Early in our marriage, my wife, Susan, helped me to understand that my neat freak tendencies made me more critical of her and our children who maybe weren’t so neat. Susan taught me the importance of valuing relationships more than making sure everything is “just right.” But it’s hard when I see things messy, when there should be “a place for everything and everything in its place.”
While husbands and wives should be each other’s best friends, we all need other people in our lives as well. But what do you do when you feel like your spouse’s closest friendship with another person isn’t enriching your marriage or when it’s driving a wedge between the two of you? Are your spouse’s friends a negative influence on your marriage?