Lessons Learned from Five Decades of Fictional American Couples: Renowned Psychologist Reveals how Sitcoms Can Teach Families

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Couples face different challenges than they did 50 years ago, according to child and adolescent psychologist Dr. Kristen Wynns, but the last five decades of family-friendly sitcoms can teach the world what marriage is really about.

Stay Happily Married contains a series of informational podcasts by North Carolina divorce lawyer Lee Rosen.
There are actually a lot of great nuggets of wisdom that we can learn from analyzing some of the relationships on TV.

In an exclusive interview with Charlotte divorce lawyer Lee Rosen on StayHappilyMarried.com, Wynns explained the parallels between Mike and Carol Brady from the 1960s, Cliff and Claire Huxtable from the 1980s, and Carlos and Gabby Solis from today’s hit show, “Desperate Housewives.”

“There are actually a lot of great nuggets of wisdom that we can learn from analyzing some of the relationships on TV,” says Wynns.

Successful television couples exhibit certain characteristics that make real-world marriages work, like being aware of the “big picture,” focusing on the marriage instead of the individuals within the marriage, and having a clear destination in mind. According to Wynns, where you’re going doesn’t matter as much as going there together does.

“Couples who are listening can let it be known that they appreciate their partner, weaknesses and all, and that they value the relationship,” says Wynns. “That’s the number one, most important thing to them – and they are going to show that by carving out time, flirting, keeping the spark alive. I think that goes a long way in helping couples reach the 25-, 30- or 50-year mark of marriage.”

StayHappilyMarried.com airs weekly podcasts designed to help couples of all ages – and from all walks of life – weather the storms of marriage and come out happier and healthier. Recent episodes include “Nickel and Dimed: Planning Your Financial Life Together” and “Couples Counseling for ADHD: Learning How to Overcome as a Team.”

About Rosen Law Firm

With offices in Raleigh, Charlotte and Chapel Hill, Rosen Law Firm provides a wide scope of legal services, including alimony cases, custody disputes, separation agreements, property distribution, and domestic violence relief. Using cutting-edge technology to communicate with clients, the attorneys at Rosen Law Firm are easily accessible, approachable and knowledgeable about North Carolina divorce.

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