Communication Podcast Episodes

Episode #3: Who Taught you to Hold a Knife Like That?

Three weeks in and we have hit a snag! I (Melanie) got sick, like REALLY sick and had to go to the E.R. to see what the problem was and we found out that I had…appendicitis!!! Seth went back home with the kids while I mentally prepared myself for SURGERY!! After 15 very painful hours of not sleeping or eating I was wheeled in for my appendectomy. Yuck. 

But y’all, I am a fighter, and while having surgery is no fun at all it made me stronger, and I didn’t die from an infected appendix, so that’s a plus!!

Recovering from surgery gave me some down time to gather my Stronger Marriages Podcast thoughts together to try and create the most helpful episodes that I could, so I really hope you all like what I come up with.

I did a Skype interview with Dr. Dan Siegel from the Mindsight Institute in Santa Monica California and we talked about some of the ideas shared in episode #3 “Who Taught You to Hold a Knife Like that?” which is all about our cultural differences. Dr. Siegel gave me great insight about the idea that couples should try to be a fruit salad instead of a smoothie, but I can’t explain it so you’ll just have to go listen to the episode!

And if you are wondering where I came up with the name for this episode it is from a real story in our marriage when we were visiting Seth’s family back in South Carolina and his grandmother was watching me eat dinner and asked, “Who taught you to hold a knife like that?”

There was a very strong hint in her voice that I was doing it incorrectly 😉

Dr. Claudia Grauf-Grounds and Dr. Les and Leslie Parrott of Seattle Pacific University join us again this week and share what they know about the way that culture influences our relationships and I interview my friend Agnes who is Indonesian and her husband Ale who is from Spain and ask them about the difficulties that culture can bring to a marriage.

I am getting better and excited to keep on creating these episodes!

Watch the trailer for Episode #3 here!

See ya next week,

-Melanie and Seth
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