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.
What are the qualities of good marriage mentors?
- Marriage mentors are emotionally open: Marriage mentors have a good understanding of their own emotional experiences and are able to express their feelings and emotions with couples when appropriate.
- Marriage mentors are empathetic: They identify with and understand others’ feelings and experiences without imposing their own views or opinions.
- Marriage mentors are encouraging: Even when a couple is struggling, marriage mentors ﬁnd a way to highlight positive interactions, or experiences they observe and give couples a sense of hope, and motivating them to return.
- Marriage mentors are enthusiastic: They have a sense of energy and enthusiasm when meeting with couples.
- Marriage mentors are willing to help others: They are motivated by the desire to help other couples in their community to build stronger, healthier relationships. They are also willing to put in the extra effort to make sure the entire mentor process is complete and make themselves available for further follow-up.
- Marriage Mentors are non-judgmental: They do not act or are perceived as relationship experts. They serve as a guide and a resource for couples to draw from and help them build skills and resolve issues in order to strengthen their relationship.
- Marriage Mentors are sincere: They express a sense of sincerity and genuinely care about the well-being of the couple’s relationship. They are truly invested in the mentor process.
- Marriage Mentors are warm: They convey a sense of personal warmth and show a sense of warmth and kindness.
- Marriage Mentors are willing to self-disclose: They are very comfortable sharing their own experiences as a married couple, both positive and negative. They are willing to laugh at themselves and relate past stories of awkward times in their marriage.
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