11 episodes

Welcome to the Connect2 marriage podcast by Focus on the Family Singapore!

Married life can be filled with twists and turns, especially with the day-to-day priorities, and stresses in life, including the times we run into conflict with our spouse.

No matter the state of your relationship today, we want to help your marriage thrive.

Join us as we figure out life and love together, and go deep into the conversations and questions (often unspoken) about the toughest topics on connection, intimacy and lifelong love.

While there are no perfect marriages, there is always room to grow to be the best spouse we can be. With practical tips, a whole lot of vulnerability and even a dose of humour, we hope that these episodes will provide hope and encouragement for your marriage.

Connect2 Focus on the Family Singapore

    • Society & Culture

Welcome to the Connect2 marriage podcast by Focus on the Family Singapore!

Married life can be filled with twists and turns, especially with the day-to-day priorities, and stresses in life, including the times we run into conflict with our spouse.

No matter the state of your relationship today, we want to help your marriage thrive.

Join us as we figure out life and love together, and go deep into the conversations and questions (often unspoken) about the toughest topics on connection, intimacy and lifelong love.

While there are no perfect marriages, there is always room to grow to be the best spouse we can be. With practical tips, a whole lot of vulnerability and even a dose of humour, we hope that these episodes will provide hope and encouragement for your marriage.

    Marriage Myths: Does Compatibility Mean No Conflicts?

    Marriage Myths: Does Compatibility Mean No Conflicts?

    Does compatibility automatically mean no conflict? Tune in to part 1 of our marriage myths buster. While compatibility is often a key reason why couples even get together, conflict remains a challenge that every couple have to face.
    Join our host Gary Koh, who is a family life trainer and marriage counsellor, as he interviews our guests Sherman and Evangeline who weigh in on compatibility and share their own stories on how they communicate despite conflict. Get equipped for your own marriage today.
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    Partner Us and Give to Restore Marriages
    Every day, couples experience crisis and suffering in their marriage from accumulated years of unresolved conflict and emotional disconnection.
    “We grew apart and lacked intimacy. We could no longer have a
    conversation without arguments. I felt betrayed and really wanted to end the
    marriage. In seeking help, our counsellor was immensely professional and
    experienced, making us feel comfortable quickly. While men struggle to open up
    or even agree to counselling, she assessed my hubby and knew how to talk to him.
    We are thankful we sought help! My hubby and I are now strong
    advocates for counselling. When we're sick, we visit a doctor for treatment.
    Likewise, if our marriage is ill, we seek treatment through counselling too.”
    -- Jenny*
    *Name of counselling client has been changed to protect our client's privacy.

    At Focus on the Family Singapore, we believe that every difficult relationship can turn the corner.
    Our rebranded Connect2 initiative features timely and relevant content to provide encouragement for married couples to nurture their relationship. Will you join us to provide help and bring hope to broken marriages today?
    Your partnership will enable us to restore marriages through our marital counselling, workshops and campaigns, and nurture thriving families for the next generation.
    Give now go to www.family.org.sg/GiveNow
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    If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcast or Podchaser. It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. You can also help us by copying this link www.family.org.sg/connect2podcast to share with your friends.  
    You can also support us by giving monthly. We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in strengthening families. Do note that if you are based in Singapore, one-time gifts above SGD$50 or monthly donations above SGD$10 are eligible for 250% tax-deductible benefits. 

    • 21 min
    How To Overcome And Manage Differences In Marriage

    How To Overcome And Manage Differences In Marriage

    Communication is such a make-or-break skill in every relationship. It’s also a key skill in helping all of deal with differences. With conflict in marriages, how do you communicate your feelings without antagonising your partner?
    Hear from Nelson and Gina who have been married for 13-and-a-half years and hear some great insights and tips on how they handle conflict in their marriage. 
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    Every day, couples experience crisis and suffering in their marriage from accumulated years of unresolved conflict and emotional disconnection.
    “We grew apart and lacked intimacy. We could no longer have a conversation without arguments. I felt betrayed and really wanted to end the marriage. In seeking help, our counsellor was immensely professional and experienced, making us feel comfortable quickly. While men struggle to open up or even agree to counselling, she assessed my hubby and knew how to talk to him.
    We are thankful we sought help! My hubby and I are now strong advocates for counselling. When we're sick, we visit a doctor for treatment. Likewise, if our marriage is ill, we seek treatment through counselling too.”
    At Focus on the Family Singapore, we believe that every difficult relationship can turn the corner. Our rebranded Connect2 initiative features timely and relevant content to provide encouragement for married couples to nurture their relationship.
    Will you join us to provide help and bring hope to broken marriages today?
    Your partnership will enable us to restore marriages through our marital counselling, workshops and campaigns, and nurture thriving families for the next generation.
    Give now go to www.family.org.sg/GiveNow
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    If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcast or Podchaser. It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. You can also help us by copying this link www.family.org.sg/connect2podcast to share with your friends.  
    You can also support us by giving monthly. We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in strengthening families. Do note that if you are based in Singapore, one-time gifts above SGD$50 or monthly donations above SGD$10 are eligible for 250% tax-deductible benefits. 

    • 18 min
    Managing Differences: Learning to Appreciate Your Spouse’s Perspectives

    Managing Differences: Learning to Appreciate Your Spouse’s Perspectives

    Have you been at your wit’s end lately when it comes to relating to your spouse? Sometimes, it can truly feel like our spouse is so different from us, in the way we think, communicate or feel. 
    In this episode, we continue our series on Communication and Conflict and address: Why does my spouse think so differently? Hear from married couple Nelson and Gina on how they bridge the communication gap and make their differences work for their marriage, and not against it.
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    Every day, couples experience crisis and suffering in their marriage from accumulated years of unresolved conflict and emotional disconnection.
    “We grew apart and lacked intimacy. We could no longer have a conversation without arguments. I felt betrayed and really wanted to end the marriage. In seeking help, our counsellor was immensely professional and experienced, making us feel comfortable quickly. While men struggle to open up or even agree to counselling, she assessed my hubby and knew how to talk to him.
    We are thankful we sought help! My hubby and I are now strong advocates for counselling. When we're sick, we visit a doctor for treatment. Likewise, if our marriage is ill, we seek treatment through counselling too.”
    At Focus on the Family Singapore, we believe that every difficult relationship can turn the corner. Our rebranded Connect2 initiative features timely and relevant content to provide encouragement for married couples to nurture their relationship.
    Will you join us to provide help and bring hope to broken marriages today?
    Your partnership will enable us to restore marriages through our marital counselling, workshops and campaigns, and nurture thriving families for the next generation.
    If you would like to give, head to www.family.org.sg/GiveNow.
    --
    If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcast or Podchaser. It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. You can also help us by copying this link www.family.org.sg/connect2podcast to share with your friends.  
    You can also support us by giving monthly. We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in strengthening families. Do note that if you are based in Singapore, one-time gifts above SGD$50 or monthly donations above SGD$10 are eligible for 250% tax-deductible benefits 

    • 19 min
    How the Growth Mindset Works in Marriage

    How the Growth Mindset Works in Marriage

    How do we handle weaknesses in our lives and in our marriage? And is it possible to convert these weaknesses to strengths instead?
    Frankie and Tina, parents to 3 boys and married for over 20 years, share with us their insights and tips on how it is possible to do so. Tune in to this podcast on How the Growth Mindset Works in Marriage through Communication and Conflict series.
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    You can help to sow good seeds into marriages by sharing about the upcoming Connect2 Marriage Preparation group workshop with your friends and relatives. Couples can enjoy journeying closely with husband-and-wife team and long-time marriage trainers, Jason and Shelen Ang, across 3 sessions.                                                                                                
    At this workshop, couples who are still dating or engaged, or even newlyweds can learn to:
    Understand what love, marriage and your vows symbolize Identify each other's differences and love languages Manage healthy conflict and have a good grasp on their family finances Understand sexual intimacy, the importance of romance and family planning Learn how to manage expectations from their spouse, children, in-laws while balancing work-life

    Build a strong foundation for marriage at Connect2 Marriage Preparation Group Workshop
    Thursdays, 10 & 17 November 2022 | Online Sessions
    Saturday, 26 November 2022 | Onsite Session
    Find out more at www.family.org.sg/C2MarriagePrep
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    If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcast or Podchaser. It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. You can also help us by copying this link www.family.org.sg/connect2podcast to share with your friends. 
    You can also support us by giving monthly. We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in strengthening families. Do note that if you are based in Singapore, one-time gifts above SGD$50 or monthly donations above SGD$10 are eligible for 250% tax-deductible benefits.

    • 19 min
    1 + 1 = 3 Multiplying Our Strengths in Marriage

    1 + 1 = 3 Multiplying Our Strengths in Marriage

    Does 1+1=2 or when it’s with your marriage, can 1+1=3 instead? Strengths multiply when they come together.
    Tune in with us and hear Frankie and Tina, parents of 3 boys and married for over 20 years, share on how they avoid delegating according to strengths and weaknesses but instead choose to always come together as one team so their strengths are called out and multiplied.
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    You can help to sow good seeds into marriages by sharing about the upcoming Connect2 Marriage Preparation group workshop with your friends and relatives. Couples can enjoy journeying closely with husband-and-wife team and long-time marriage trainers, Jason and Shelen Ang, across 3 sessions.                                                                                                
    At this workshop, couples who are still dating or engaged, or even newlyweds can learn to:
    Understand what love, marriage and your vows symbolize Identify each other's differences and love languages Manage healthy conflict and have a good grasp on their family finances Understand sexual intimacy, the importance of romance and family planning Learn how to manage expectations from their spouse, children, in-laws while balancing work-life

    Build a strong foundation for marriage at Connect2 Marriage Preparation Group Workshop
    Thursdays, 10 & 17 November 2022 | Online Sessions
    Saturday, 26 November 2022 | Onsite Session
    Find out more at www.family.org.sg/C2MarriagePrep
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    If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcast or Podchaser. It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. You can also help us by copying this link www.family.org.sg/connect2podcast to share with your friends. 
    You can also support us by giving monthly. We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in strengthening families. Do note that if you are based in Singapore, one-time gifts above SGD$50 or monthly donations above SGD$10 are eligible for 250% tax-deductible benefits.

    • 17 min
    Intimacy Matters: Private and Confidential

    Intimacy Matters: Private and Confidential

    What makes up the bulk of your communication with your spouse? Is it mostly talk shop about kids and household, functional conversations but not deep, heart-to-heart communication?
    And do you actually even talk about sex and attraction? Without a commitment to open and direct talk about sex, it’s impossible to be vulnerable about the challenges you have with sex.
    Tune in to the last episode of Intimacy Matters as we talk about what’s Private and Confidential with your host Joanna and Gary.
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    You Can Impact Marriages
    Encourage others to build a strong foundation for their marriages. If you have friends or family members who are getting married, share with them about the Connect2 group marriage preparation programme!
    Facilitated by husband-and-wife trainers couples can learn to:
    • Engage in effective communication
    • Have healthy conflicts and family finances
    • Understand sexual intimacy and the importance of romance
    • Manage expectations from spouse, children and in-laws
    Connect2 Group Marriage Preparation Workshops
    Couples can look forward to two weekday hybrid sessions and one in-person session on a Saturday.
    Thursday, 10 and 17 and Saturday, 26 November 2022
    Find out more at www.family.org.sg/C2MarriagePrep
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    If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcast or Podchaser. It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. You can also help us by copying this link www.family.org.sg/connect2podcast to share with your friends. 
    You can also support us by giving monthly. We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in strengthening families. Do note that if you are based in Singapore, one-time gifts above SGD$50 or monthly donations above SGD$10 are eligible for 250% tax-deductible benefits.

    • 18 min

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