The day my marriage article “took off” at AllProDad

I don’t often cross pollinate the different platforms where my work is featured:

Today I want to link my most recent All-Pro-Dad contribution; it garnered a lot of attention. I’m sharing the intro here, then a click through to the balance of the piece (if you’re interested). 15,000 people in the first few days can’t be wrong?

5 Reasons Many Marriages Fail:

“Children are happier when their parents put the marriage relationship first.”

“Your marriage isn’t about the children—it’s about the marriage.”

Derek Maul

I will never forget the first time I watched a marriage fall apart. The breakup took my friend Jonas, his wife, and everyone else by surprise. The empty nest hit them hard and it seemed that suddenly, the central focus of family life shifted. Only it wasn’t really sudden. It was gradual. This is one of the reasons marriages fail.

Life, work, children, and responsibilities tend to overwhelm us. Then we too easily forget what drew us together in the first place. Hint: It wasn’t the children! Your marriage isn’t about the children—it’s about the marriage. Children are happier when their parents put the marriage relationship first. Here are 5 reasons many marriages fail.

I hope you will become a regular reader, both here and at AllProDad.

Peace, blessings, and love – Derek

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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