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Welcome to the Smart Marriages Conference - video (this is in 4 parts - to find all 4, search for "diane sollee" on You Tube.)

Divorce Busting Secrets - Michele Weiner-Davis keynote Smart Marriages 2010

Couples talk about what it's like to take a Marriage Education Class
- Fresno, California
- Evansville, Indiana
- Flourishing Families, Sacramento
- Marriage Education in Fresno
- Are you living more like roommates, than soul mates? Have a World Class Marriage

Videos shown at the John Van Epp Keynote "Waiting to Marry" from the film Song of Songs by Chris Brickler:
Marriage? Why? - http://current.com/items/89076046_marriage_w
It's Just a Hook Up - http://current.com/items/89067499_it_s_just_a_hook_up
Sex on Campus - http://current.com/items/89066762_sex_on_campus
Order the full keynote video at PlaybackNowSmart Marriage Conference Keynote Video Clips

Mating in Captivity - Esther Perel on YouTube - see Esther's keynote in Orlando July 2009 - be sure to also click on Part 2

Marriage Savers: Community Marriage Policies & No Fault Divorce Reform - saving the village

**** NPR: Day to Day/Listen
NPR Marriage Education Series.
.. by Alix Spiegel

Marriage Education: SmartMarriages: Devoted to Saving Couples
Profiles a traveling conference called Smart Marriages - a diverse collection of
people devoted to teaching people how to have a successful marriage.

Marriage Education: Oklahoma Welfare
When President Bush announced in 2001 that his administration was going to
devote $1.5 billion to promote marriage, his critics said the initiative was
one more way the president was trying to advance the cause of his
conservative supporters. Alix Spiegel profiles an Oklahoma program for
women on welfare.

Marriage Education: Why Marriages Fail
With John Gottman and Howard Markman on Marriage Education. Examines the
20 years of research providing the intellectual underpinning of a federally-backed marriage education
curriculum. Psychologists have identified four key problems that lead to
divorce: criticism, defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling.

Marriage Education: Debating Marriage's Effect on Poverty

Examines the relationship between the decision not to marry and poverty. Critics
and supporters of government-sponsored marriage education continue to debate
the solution to helping poor families: marriage education -- and marriage promotion -- or
economic assistance. Interviews Dr Wade Horn and a couple.

Prisons Offer Marriage Education in Indiana -TV News clip

Judge Leah Sears campaign to reduce family breakdown - 2009

Public Service Announcements

Marriage Prep 101 - why marriage education?

How Will We Love? - full length feature film on YouTube


Husband's Funeral

Reunited - Act One, This American Life, NPR, Ira Glass (26 mins/5/2009)

Should We Stay Together for the Kids? Watch


Relationship Lesson from the Alabama Healthy Marriage Initiative - written by Teens/for Teens

STOP: Short clips from Bristol Community Family Trust show how little changes can make a really big difference.  Scoring Points   Thinking the Worst   Opting Out    Putting Down

Free TV Marriage Education PSAs

Community Marriage Policy in action in Nebraska (click camera icon to watch -2:45 mins)


NPR: The Real Life Survival Guide
Featured Tip: The top predictor of divorce is the inability to manage conflict
Diane Sollee, Founder and Director, Smart Marriages, Feb 25, 2008


Strong Marriages Florida - press conference, Feb 3, 2009

NPR: Danny and Annie: I heard this story on NPR this morning about this wonderful married couple,
Danny and Annie Perasa. Their stories are a real inspiration
and I encourage
everyone to
listen. And, while you're there, tool around on the site and
listen the different sound bites and read the letters from listeners
. 2/06


NPR: All Things Considered From a Single Mother's Perspective

Diane, Yesterday (3/29/06) All Things Considered featured
a "mother's support group". The perspective of a single
mom, was very different from her married counterparts.
While the married mothers universally whined about how their husbands just
couldn't do anything right, the single commentator noted that she would be
thankful for ANY help, especially that of a husband.

Willard Harley talks about how women are more than willing to comment
negatively on their husband's annoying habits (openly in our culture) than the
reverse. Gottman warns us of the "decision to be grumpy." And Smart Marriages
understands and honors our very important gender differences....that we CAN all learn to get
along lovingly and with much more hope, joy, and fun...almost without fail in
the absence of Freud or drugs.

The marriage counselor community is
looking at a split -- between therapists
who focus on keeping couples together and those who counsel
the individuals, without trying to avert
a divorce. For the unhappy couple, it can be hard to know
which you're getting.

I have seen nothing the point as well as this young woman's voice.
Roger in Wichita
I encourage you to listen to this one - it's short, only 3 minutes - at your married
parents groups. It's about couples with new infants but would apply just as
well to couples with kids of any age. - diane

MARQUARDT (Between Two Worlds) VS AHRONS (The Good Divorce)
ON WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO
Scroll down to 5:00PM Ben Merens show 11/09/05

NPR: Diane Rehm
Elizabeth Marqaurdt author of "Between Two Worlds" on the moral and spiritual impact on
children of divorce and Brooke Lea Foster author of "TheWay They Were".
Foster's parents divorced when she was 26.


NPR: Talk of the Nation:
Does Marriage Counseling Work?

Bill Doherty and Diane Sollee interview

The marriage counselor community is
looking at a split -- between therapists
who focus on keeping couples together and those who counsel
the individuals, without trying to avert
a divorce. For the unhappy couple, it can be hard to know
which you're getting.

NPR: MORNING EDITION Interviews Howard Markman of PREP.  

Long deployments make marriage especially
difficult for military couples. In an effort to reverse the high divorce rate
in the armed services, the Army has created a marriage-counseling program that
teaches military couples basic relationship skills.
It's only about 5 mins and it's great.

NPR; Marketplace: Fighting FOR Better Military Marriages
At Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, the 2nd battalion air defense artillery regiment
is getting ready to go to Iraq again. That means lots of training. But last
weekend's assignment was geared toward what the Army calls Building
Strong and Ready Families. The battalion's mission - bettering their marriages.


*****NPR: Talk of the Nation: Marriage Promotion - Wade Horn, Julie Baumgardner
The Bush administration wants to promote healthy matrimony, but can
this relationship last? Should the government get involved in marriages
and what help can it be? Explore the common ground of public policy and private unions.


This American Life with Ira Glass: The Sanctity of Marriage - 3/26/04
To listen, click on 2004, scroll down to episode 261 on 3/26
What happens when math and marriage mix? This is data from a study by John Gottman,
a clinical psychologist and mathematician who has developed a nearly sure-fire method of determining
whether a married couple is healthy or doomed to split up ­ all within
fifteen minutes. He hooks his subjects up to various monitors and videotapes
them arguing for fifteen minutes. The way they communicate is scored into
positive and negative moments, generating charts like these. His accuracy
Rate at predicting who'll stay together? Ninety-four percent. This week, what
Gottman sees in your marriage that you can't, and other stories from
within and without the institution of marriage.


NPR: Morning Edition: Welfare and Marriage
Features Wade Horn and others

Successful relationships, whether dating, engaged, newlywed or
married take work and at any stage can suffer the same challenges;
problems with communication, intimacy and time spent together to
name just a few. If you could take a class to teach you how to have
successful relationships....would you take it? Learning relationship
skills to last a lifetime on Talk of the Nation


NPR: The Connection
Theodore Ooms, Joe Jones - Explores what president's marriage proposal contains, connections
to fatherhood, uses of welfare dollars, critics, etc.


NPR: Talk of the Nation

Relationship Courses In High School and College
Guests: Lori Gordon & Diane Sollee
Successful relationships, whether dating, engaged, newlywed or married take
work and at any stage can suffer the same challenges; problems with communication,
intimacy and time spent together to name just a few. If you could take a class to teach
you how to have successful relationships....would you take it? Learning relationship
skills to last a lifetime on Talk of the Nation from NPR News. <>


 



Our Smart Marriages® anthems: All is Right and If I Should Fall Behind (listen)

Why the wedding ring is worn on the 4th finger - ancient Chinese wisdom
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