Basking In It: Love Your Spouse


All of Me (Louis Armstrong)

Burning the Toast (Suzy Bogguss)

Do Not Forsake Me – Main Title (Tex Ritter from High Noon)

For the Dancing and the Dreaming (from How to Train Your Dragon 2)

I Choose You (Sara Bareilles)

And I Love Her (Beatles)

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Louis Armstrong)

I Won’t Give Up (Jason Mraz)

Just to See You Smile (Tim McGraw)

Stand By Your Man (Tammy Wynette)

Then (Brad Paisley)

True Love (Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly)

When I’m 64 (The Beatles)

Where’ve You Been (Kathy Mattea)


Lots of great fodder in these stories for discussing love and marriage with your teens:

Casablanca (1942; Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Berman) – PG – Classic story of love and intrigue in the midst of World War II. A must see for teens and up.

High Noon (1952; Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly)

Hitch (2005; Will Smith) – PG13 – Occasional strong language and mature topics make this best for older teens and parents. We loved what it had to say about relationships and people.

Return to Me (2000; David Duchovney, Minnie Driver) – PG

Spanglish (2004; Adam Sandler)  – PG13  We suggest parental preview of this movie with a little bit of editing for older teens. Very honest and moving portrayals of the challenges of faithfulness in marriage and the importance of making good choices for the sake of your family.

The Holiday (2006; Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet) – PG13 Parental preview strongly recommended. A lot of thoughtful material for discussion.

The More the Merrier (1943; Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea) An older gentlemen pushes a young couple (timidly trying to make their way through World War II as safely and smartly as possible) to get out of their comfort zone and embrace risk and true love. “Damn the torpedoes! Full steam ahead!”

The Odyssey by Homer

The Parent Trap (1998; Lindsey Lohan, Dennis Quaid) – PG

Up (2009; Pixar) – PG Delightful!