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Marriage mentors: Not experts on marriage but draw on many years of experience 

Marriage mentoring is a couple-to-couple relationship that seeks to help couples live out their vision for marriage. For couples who are intent on building a happy marriage, mentoring brings sage advice, personal support and encouragement, and help in hard times.

Couples sometimes go into the mentoring process without a full understanding of how it can benefit their relationship. Once the couple has met with their marriage mentors a few times, they begin to realise what a powerful and significant impact mentoring can have on their marriage. Listed below are some of the many potential benefits to couples being mentored.

Mentors are not:

  • Meddlers who interfere or intrude into the personal lives of the couple they are mentoring. Instead, they let them gradually invite couples into their lives as they feel comfortable.
  • Experts on marriage and are not know-it-all's. Just being aware of the challenges that face any new husband and wife they are positioned to listen, ask helpful questions, and be an encourager.
  • Novices at being married. They may be a novice at being a mentor couple, but they are not a novice at being a married couple. They draw from many years of experience as they relate to the couple they are mentoring.
  • Therapists: If couples are dealing with serious issues in their relationship - i.e. abuse, addiction, repeated infidelity, clinical depression, psychological disorder, or uncontrollable anger - marriage mentors must refer them to a therapist or counsellor who has extensive experience in the area of concern.
  • Overreactors: Their values may differ from those of the couple they are mentoring. They may say or do things differently but they avoid criticism and judgment.
  • Rescuers or “on call” for every little crisis. They try not to foster dependency upon couples and tend to direct the couple to discover their own solutions.

Tune in next week for more qualities of marriage mentors and the benefits to couples and marriage mentors through the mentoring process.

For more information on PREPARE/ENRICH Marriage Mentor program or to simply set up a couple on the tool, please contact: www.prepare-enrich.com.au or call today (02) 9520 4049 #prepareenrich

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