What Is Marriage Education?

If you've been reading this blog for very long at all, you know that I'm a Family Studies major, and that I've put together an emphasis focusing on strong family relationships. After this past semester of school, I finally know exactly what I want to do with my education and the career that I want to pursue. I've mentioned it before, but a lot of people don't know what a Marriage and Family Life Educator does. To be honest, when I first heard about Marriage Education at the beginning of this year, I wasn't quite sure what it entailed either.

Marriage Education is...

Although I've always had a passion for marriage and family relationships, until last semester, I'd never thought too seriously about pursuing any sort of career that dealt with them because the only thing that I could think of doing was therapy and that didn't sound fun to me. I love that instead of trying to fix problems that people already have, Marriage Education helps to prevent problems from arising. Marriage Educators get to help people find a passion for their marriages and give them the tools they need to make their relationship great from day one through the rest of forever! It sets you up for success!! :)

Marriage Education teaches the skills and information needed to communicate, manage conflict, and have healthy, satisfying relationships. Through marriage education, individuals learn
1. the benefits of marriage
2. what to expect along the way
3. the skills and behaviors that will help couples build strong bonds and keep their love alive. Marriage Education prepares couples for marriage and strengthens the relationship of those who are already married.

Last semester I helped with a few classes that a college in the area puts together as part of their Family Life Education program. The Five Love Languages class was a date night, and not only did each couple take the quiz and find out their language, but every person in attendance got hands on practice for each of the love languages as they participated in fun activities throughout the night. As part of a Family Finance Camp, I worked with a couple of kids and helped to teach them more about saving, spending and sharing their money. We played games, read books and even did a craft. I sat in on and participated in a class for singles about communication and how nobody is a mind reader. The presentation was fun, the discussion was great, and I was able to relate to all of it. Marriage and Family Education would be one of those jobs where I feel bad to get paid because I love what I would be doing so much.

For more great information about Marriage Education, visit this website. It refers to Marriage Education as Marriage School and I kind of really love it!

Have you ever taken any marriage education courses? Which ones? Were they beneficial?