In Genesis 2:24 the narrator writes that the story of the first man and the first woman coming together is a model for how a man should leave his mother and father, cleave to his wife, and become one flesh. Tomorrow my younger brother is getting married. I am getting married in August. I am wondering to what extent should one “leave” behind their family nucleus?

There are some who make the mistake of simply merging their spouse into their family as an equal while not making the spouse a priority. There are others who forget they ever had a family of origin. For those who are already married, how did you find the balance if you did?