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Marriage: What makes a marriage successful

“Marriage: Love is the reason. Lifelong friendship is the gift. Kindness is the cause. Til’ death do us part is the length.” Fawn Weaver.
My parents are great examples of what it means to make a marriage work. While I had several couples I could have chosen to interview for this assignment, I feel like my parents are the best examples of what it means to be truly committed to another person. My parents have been married for a little over 26 years and have five amazing children, of which I am the second oldest. Prior to getting married my parents dated for roughly nine months and were engaged for about eight. My parents gave me a few specific things they feel help make a marriage last; spending time together, expressing gratitude, being influenced, respect, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Spending time together can be seen as critically important. Why would you m...

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