Archive for February, 2012
(Leap Day) This extra day in the calendar was traditionally a day of role reversal, when women could ask men to marry them. Just for fun, trade jobs, roles, or places with your spouse or kids today. What did you learn?
For many Catholics, Lent means giving up a favorite food or recreation. These small sacrifices are in keeping with the penitential nature of the season. But there’s a right way and a wrong way of giving something up for Lent, says Paulist Father Larry Rice.
Do you and your spouse seem to have the same arguments? A best-selling author identifies the top five arguments that occur in every family and shows how to stop them.
What’s your favorite religious or spiritual book (other than the Bible)? Why has it touched you? Has your spouse also read it? If your favorite is not the same, maybe it’s time to read a new book.
Personality is like eye color – there’s not a right or wrong kind. It’s also not crucial that couples be the same. Often, however, arguments start when we expect our spouse to think and act just like us. If you’ve never taken a personality inventory, try the audit on this website.
“Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mk 1:15) Husband and wife are bound to emotionally hurt each other at times. It may be a careless word or wanting your way. Don’t be too proud to repent. “I’m sorry” is the first step. Making amends is the next.
Resist the urge to buy something new this week. Have each person in the family pick one possession to give away during Lent. (Consider gently used toys, books, or hand-me-downs that need to find a new home.)
Many married couples look forward to their date nights and agree that time by themselves helps their marriage. A new report identifies five benefits of date nights. It says that couples who enjoy high-quality time together can head off divorce.
(Reader’s Tip) We have Christmas lights around the bed. Every night we use the low light to discuss our day.
“This short book–”for imperfect parents”–includes prayers for all kinds of occasions in family life, along with observations and suggestions for parents. There’s a prayer for letting go, and another when a child is in the emergency room. It’s a great book to keep close at hand and to use often.
Sara and Justin had the ideal baby name picked out. Then Sara found out that an acquaintance plans to use the exact same name. What do readers think she should do?
Lenten resolutions don’t have to be grim and tough. What about a secret resolve to romance your spouse for Lent. Seek out fun and creative ways to show how special he/she is to you.
(Ash Wednesday) “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” What a sobering thought after the playfulness of Mardi Gras. But isn’t that typical of marriage – we play, we work, we mourn, we rest, we start all over again. No part of the cycle is forever.
With contraception in the news these days, Josh offers an alternative perspective that is built around the vocabulary of fertility.
(Mardi Gras) Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is about more than decadence and parades. It’s a chance to let your lighter side play. If you’re the serious type, lighten up for a day. If you’re already lighter than air, take responsibility for humoring your spouse.
(President’s Day) President’s Day can be more than a day off work, a time when government offices are closed, or stores have sales. What does it mean to lead? What does it mean to protect and to seek the common good? These are questions for both spouses and p
“Your offenses; your sins I remember no more.” (Is 43:25) “Child, your sins are forgiven.” (Mk 2:5) We humans hold grudges – but that is not the way of God. Let go of an annoyance or fault of your beloved today. Don’t bring it up again – at least for a week.
Lent is approaching. Is there a bad habit that you would like eliminate? Anything you wouldn’t want to teach your children to do? Lent and your children can give you the motivation to let go of it. Ask your spouse for help.
Can silence be “an essential part of communication?” It seems contradictory, but Pope Benedict points out that, among other benefits, silence can enhance what we say to each other.
(Reader’s Tip) Every morning before I leave for work I pray over my wife, tell her I love her, and to have a blessed day. Then I kiss her forehead gently so I don’t wake her.
For Catholics, Lent is a special time marked by repentance, prayer, fasting and works of charity. Read a brief introduction to this holy season.
Like many couples, Sara and Justin have found that one spouse is more romantic, while the other is more practical. This can make for an interesting Valentine’s Day! Read how Sara and Justin celebrated the big day.
One of the most reliable predictors of a life long marriage is the commitment to a life long marriage. Put the “D word” (Divorce) off the negotiating table. Commitment pushes you toward solutions, and perhaps a counselor.
“An enduring marriage is more than simply endurance. It is a process of growth into an intimate friendship and a deepening peace” (Follow the Way of Love).
How much does God love us? Stacey offers an insight, gained from her experience as a parent.