Welcome to National Marriage Week! The week of February 7th to 14th is the annual campaign to promote strengthening marriages. According to National Marriage Week USA’s website (http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/), there are three goals in promoting stronger marriages:
- To elevate marriage as a national issue in the media and with policy leaders.
- To promote the benefits of marriage, that stronger marriages bring economic stability to individuals and to the nation, and provides the best environment for thriving children.
- To create a national calendar for existing, trusted marriage classes, conferences and events where people can find the help they need, or reach out to help others.
So, when was the last time you noticed our media promoting marriage? I hear more about divorces and extramarital affairs through the media outlet, than about long-lasting marriages. Let’s hear more about happy, ever-lasting love stories by writing or calling to our medias and policy leaders. Wouldn’t you rather wake up each morning to the love story of the day on the morning news? I know I would!
When spouses communicate and show affection towards each other, children benefit from the interaction. As all children do, they imitate what they are shown. If the parents are reciprocating love for one another, than our children will promote the continuation with their future spouse! As far as economic stability, it doesn’t cost much to marry. As a newlywed, I was shocked to find out we (my husband and I) only needed to pay $72 for our marriage license! That is just the beginning of all the tax breaks you receive for being married… there are advantages to being married to the one you love!
Yes, there will always be ups and downs in the marriage, and what is better than having a support system in place for those down moments? Let’s promote more support systems throughout this nation for marriage! As the old adage says about raising children: “It takes a village to raise a child”, the same goes for a marriage. The more the community promotes and advocates for marriage, the more we will see long-lasting marriages! Who can resist sharing that feel good Facebook clip of a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary? Let’s share more of those!
Tell me if there should be any other goals to promote marriages? What has helped you throughout your marriage that you can share with others that have just started their journey? What are your predictions for the future of this campaign? I’d like to hear from you!