Politics will always be a hot-button issue. Social media is still rife with political smack talk. You’re tempted to unfriend those people who post nothing but propaganda.

It’’s one thing to ignore opposing political opinions when they’’re coming from the internet or co-workers. But it’’s much harder to have a political divide when it’’s your spouse!

So, when you don’’t just sleep on the “right” and “left” sides of the bed, but you also vote on the “right” and “left” sides of the political spectrum, how to you keep peace in your marriage?

Here’’s a quick survival guide for those of you wrestling with political turmoil in your marriage.

1. Your house is more important than the White House

Strong marriages aren’’t the ones where a husband and wife agree on everything. They’’re the ones when a husband and wife’s commitment to each other is always bigger than their disagreements.

Every four or eight years, we’’re going to have someone new in the White House. But your marriage has a lifelong term, so keep what matters most in perspective.

2. Keep the “debates” on TV and out of your marriage

Spend time talking about why each of you has the unique perspective and conviction that you have. But don’’t make it your mission to argue your way into changing their mind. It’’s not the best use of your energy.

An argument rarely changes anyone’s mind; it just makes us more entrenched in what we already believed. You’’re better off giving each other a foot rub and agreeing to disagree.

3. Don’’t take it personally

If your spouse doesn’’t share your opinion, it doesn’’t mean he/she doesn’’t respect you.

4. Have some fun with it

If you can’’t have some fun in marriage, then where can you? Secretly put your candidate’’s bumper sticker on your spouse’’s car. See how long it takes for them to notice. I personally think that’s pretty funny. Just be ready for him/her to do the same thing to you!

Reposted with permission. Read the original post here.

Dave and Ashley Willis are founders of the Facebook Marriage page and The Marriage and Family Foundation, Inc.

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