Quick and Dirty Marriage Podcast

Quick and Dirty Marriage Podcast

A short, honest, funny and to the point podcast about marriage, family and relationships. Hosts Dale and Heather share what they've learned since saying "I Do" back in 1999 and hope you will join in on listening to the conversations.


February 4, 2021 35 min

"Life in the Mental Health unit was definitely surreal for me!"

In this episode, we chat more with Gabbie about the realities of what it was like being in a mental health unit for a few weeks, and, how as much as she didn't want to be there, she knew it was what she needed to do in order to become healthy again.

We hope you find this episode helpful and as always, if you have any questions, please do ask us at quickanddir...

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Knowing what we know now, and looking back at all these years, all the signs were on the wall.  We saw what was going on with her, had the "gut feelings", but didn't do anything about it.  We could have intervened earlier in her life but didn't. And we're devastated by it.

In this episode, we chat more with Gabbie about some of the warning signs that we as parents ought to more pay attention to. These are some of...

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January 21, 2021 33 min

Just like Heather and I, every other parent wants nothing more than to enjoy a healthy and thriving family. From the beginning, their goal is to raise kids who are healthy, respectful, and most of all, loving. They want nothing more than to have a family who loves each other and supports each other throughout their entire lives, hoping to avoid any major issues or pitfalls throughout their lives.

But what happens when everything see...

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After 21+ years of marriage and 25 years of parenting, we want to share a few tips and tricks that we've learned along the way in dealing with our kids during trying times. 
This can really help for parents with kids who struggle with ADHD.

We talk about:

  • Transitions and Timers
  • Noticing the Good, and Positive Reinforcement
  • Spreading the Attention around
  • Ignoring the Whining and Complaining
  • Foundation: Consistency

  • We hope you find t...

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    October 19, 2020 27 min

    Are you walking on egg shells around your spouse?
    Are you scared to share your ideas or dreams with them?
    Are you tired of hearing NO every time you suggest even the smallest thing?

    You are married to a close minded thinker and it's damaging your marriage.
    BUT...there's good news. And in this episode, we talk about a few things you BOTH can do to acknowledge the issue in a safe way, and then work towards strengthening your mar...

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    October 16, 2020 28 min

    Learning the difference between sympathy and empathy, and how to use them in your parenting.

    Words you can use when your child is having a hard time:

  • "I see you are having a hard time"
  • "I hear you that you are sad."
  • "I feel that you need a hug"
  • "What can I do  to help you?"
  • We hope you find this episode helpful and as always, if you have any questions, please do ask us at quickanddirtymarriage@gmail.co...

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    October 12, 2020 24 min

    MARRIAGE MONDAY EPISODE: "Where did our Friendship Go?"

    We started dating, got engaged, got married, had kids, started a family and then...we lost our friendship in the process. What gives?

    If you are feeling alone in your relationship with your spouse and wondering where things went wrong, consider the idea that you may have prioritized other things throughout the years and have now lost your friendship in the process.


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    October 9, 2020 29 min


    Do you dread the holidays? As in, Thanksgiving isn't until 5 more days and you are already sweating with stress and anxiety? Yeah, us too.

    Don't get us wrong, we love the holidays. The food, the fun and especially the family. But then there's also the family. Not that we don't enjoy being with our family, but sometimes it can get quite hairy scary! Especially if one, and in our case a few of our ...

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    October 5, 2020 24 min


    "I can't take this anymore?" Have you ever asked yourself that question? No? How about any of these questions?

    When will I decide that enough is enough?
    How much abuse can I really take?
    At what point will I call it quits?

    We've been there before. Right where you are. A time and place where you are questioning yourself, "what went wrong in my marriage?" We know the pain staking agony that ...

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    October 2, 2020 31 min

    NEW FAMILY FRIDAY EPISODE: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting both children and adults around the world.

    And with October being ADHD Awareness Month, we are going to be dedicating the next 5 Family Friday Editions focusing and bringing attention to ADHD with hopes that we can shed a bit of light onto the disorder with our journey with it, and in some ways, attempting to normali...

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    May 22, 2020 19 min

    Notice the Good

    Looking for a quick win in your marriage? When you notice the good in your marriage, you will not only see your relationship improve, but your spouse will develop into the person they were created to be.

    When you speak to their future person, and tap into their potential, you will very quick find that they will rise up to who you are calling them out to be. BUT, when you constantly cut their legs from under them and d...

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    April 2, 2020 17 min

    The pandemic is all around us. And it's affecting everyone in so many different ways. First there's the sickness itself, which has sadly lead to loss of life for many. There's the effects of school and job loss and it's security. And then there's one aspect that is not being talked about too much and it's how are people coping with all the loss that we are all experiencing.

    In this episode, Heather and I shar...

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    3 Ways to Survive Self Isolation with your Spouse

    Isn't this kinda crazy? How the entire world is having to witness, experience and live out this COVID-19 Pandemic together?

    People sick, others are dying, countries are in lock down and schools and workplaces are shut down. It's some difficult times we are living in, but there are ways in which we can do this successfully.

    Like many of you, I (Dale) am working from home as well...

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    March 9, 2020 9 min

    Love is not...Sacrificing.

    One foundation that is super important in a marriage is sacrifice. Love cannot thrive without a healthy level of sacrifice between both husband and wife. However, there are different types of sacrifice that you must be able to manage.

    Sacrificing your Time, Money, and Effort.
    When you give of your time, money and effort to your spouse, those fall in perfectly line with the 5 Love Languages. And that's i...

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    March 4, 2020 14 min

    Love is not...Control

    Believe it or not, no one likes to be controlled. Especially in a marriage relationship.

    Wrongly, there are times where we feel that in order to be loved more, we must control more, when in fact, it's the exact opposite.

    In this episode, we chat about how to spot the signs of control whether you are the one controlling your spouse, or, you are the one being controlled.

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    February 26, 2020 12 min

    Love is not...Selfish

    Do you feel as though you keep giving into your marriage and there's nothing in return? Like you're being taken for granted?

    Or maybe it's is like a tug of war where you do something for yourself then your spouse has to do something for them self to make it equal? Like you buy a nice shirt so then your spouse goes out and gets her nails done? It's tiring living this way. So what do you do?


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    February 19, 2020 19 min

    We don't fight. We used to, but we don't fight anymore. We figured that out in the beginning of our marriage and thank God we did early on.

    However, we certainly disagree, we argue and from time to time, we get out of sorts with each other. Most often, we catch it early, lay it on the table, have good discussion and continue on our merry way. Usually that's the case. But sometimes, it sneaks below our radar and wreaks ha...

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    February 13, 2020 17 min

    What Really is True Love?

    So you think you're in love. What does that really mean? Like really?

    Too often, couples associate love with how they feel. We, however, have a different view of love. And it has NOTHING to do with feelings.


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    November 28, 2019 19 min

    Heath of the Heart Series

    Part 2 - Hurt and Anger

    Anger is a symptom of hurt that lives deep inside of you. Without addressing your past hurts, you will continually hurt your spouse, even for the smallest of things. So how then do you overcome this destructive behavior?

    Follow the following Four Step Process

  • 1) Identify who you're angry with
  • 2) Determine what they owe you
  • 3) Cancel the debt by forgiving them
  • 4) Don't let anger bui...
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    November 14, 2019 21 min


    Maybe, just maybe, the reason you and your spouse feel disconnected is the amount of guilt and shame that's come in between you two. But what do you do to overcome the gap?


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