Some of the best influence on my boys’ future marriages takes place in our kitchen. That’s where Jean, I, and our sons gather to prepare the evening meal and catch up on our day.
Okay, Jean does most of the cooking, but the rest of us help out where we can. Most importantly, we’re all together. We talk about life. We talk about goals. We talk about success and failure. We laugh a lot. We’re doing more than fixing and eating dinner – we’re immersing our boys in relationship.
Believe it or not, the kitchen can have a profound effect on the health of a marriage. According to a poll by brides.com, 88 percent of respondents agreed that cooking together as a couple improves communication and deepens emotional intimacy.
On today’s program, we’re helping moms and dads create meaningful traditions around food, fellowship, and hospitality that will help your children build a solid and stable foundation for their future marriage.
Author Laura Schupp is joining us to talk about her book, Our Newlywed Kitchen: The Art of Cooking, Gathering, and Creating Traditions. Also with us is our colleague Erin Smalley. She and her husband, Dr. Greg Smalley, head up Focus on the Family’s marriage ministry team.
Both women are intelligent and wise moms who have married daughters themselves, so they share from personal experience how to influence a child’s marriage in positive and healthy ways. They’ll also suggest helpful boundaries between moms and their adult married daughters.
Tune in for “Making Your Kitchen the Heart of Your New Marriage” on your local radio station, online, on iTunes, via Podcast, or take us with you on our free phone app. We’ll equip moms who want to give their newlywed (or someday-newlywed) daughters all the encouragement and practical help they need to build a solid future … and it all starts in the kitchen.
Laura’s book is available in our online store. It’s applicable for all married couples, not just newlyweds.