“Shacking Up” Before Marriage – Bad Idea?

October 2, 2012  |  

Shacking Up – Most of us are familiar with the term, and may have been shacking up in the past, or are quite possibly shacking up in the present.

*Ouch* Most pastors and parents will frown upon the practice though it’s far more acceptable than it has been in decades past. I have shacked up and I had my reasons. Am I proud of it? Eh. More than anything, I was not in a comfortable place with myself and used companionship from a man to fill voids in my life.

My opinion of shacking vs. getting married has changed. In 2012, I’m a different woman than I was when my divorce was finalized in 2004. I have a much better grasp on life with respect to my spirituality, and I am at a point where I’m not looking for a whole lot of approval from anyone. My kids are getting older and in the event I decide marriage is not for me again, I believe I can still be an exceptional role model without tying the knot.

Do you feel guilty about shacking up or are you judgmental of those who have or currently do?

Words By: Sid Powell
Image: Google/Thinkstock

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