Dear All, If you had been a regular visitor of the Indusladies married life and relationship with in-laws forum you would noticed that many discussions are about members asking for help and support with relationship issues, after the fact. You all offer excellent support for them. I didn't want us to stop with just providing reactive support once the damage is done. I wanted to steer our community to be more pro-active in helping our members build a strong marriage. As an initial step, I started this initiative calling for contributions on what wives can do for a strong marriage. Many of our community members answered the call and responded with some excellent contributions (read all of them here) that generated several pro-active discussions. But, I didn't want it to be a one-time thing. We all know well that building a strong marriage is a continuous process and it has many dimensions to it. So, I was wondering where we go from this initial step. Here is what I thought.. Building strong marriages... Every month, we take one theme on building a strong marriage. And we can invite member contributions on that theme. It doesn't have to be a line list of do's and don't. We can explore stories, articles, personal experiences, anecdotes, snippets etc to mix it up. The best contributions from those can go into updated versions of our community guide "What Wives Can Do For a Strong Marriage". Themes to explore... Building strong marriages need work on multiple fronts. Here are some of the themes that we can explore in the coming months.. ---- Creating space in marriage ---- Finding common interests and shared passions ---- Look for the BEST in each other ---- Sharing household chores ---- Forgiving ---- Aligning on parenting philosophy ---- Having reliable girl-friends ---- Roles and boundaries for extended-family ---- Effective communication ---- Empathizing with extended family ---- Family value system ---- Building mutual respect and equality ---- Building consensus approach on money ---- Handling disagreements ---- Keeping romance alive Your Feedback... So, what do you think? Please provide your input and suggestions below. I am still tied-up on some of the technical challenges so I am going to take march to gather your input and we can start this from April onwards. I look forward to all your support in this ongoing endeavor in helping our members build strong marriages.