Archive for June, 2013
Although our culture does not always support it, Scripture tells us that Sundays are a day of rest. Despite your “To Do List,” save time to recreate and rest with your beloved today.
(Reader’s Tip) It’s the little things that count. My spouse ensures that I have plenty of religious candles in stock because he knows how important keeping a candle lit is to me.
Climate change can be a boon to your marriage. If you feel frustrated with each other, try changing the environment you have control over. Cool off if it’s too hot out. Warm up if you’re freezing. Light some candles if you’re depressed. Put on some rose-colored glasses for fun.
This summer, Josh and Stacey are learning how a hobby can enrich their lives. Devoting time and energy to an activity that’s “just for fun” has brought a new balance to their lives.
Reacting to the Supreme Court’s decisions on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8, Cardinal Timothy Dolan declared, “The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.” Some church leaders suggested that the court’s actions would return the issue of same-sex marriage to the individual states.
(Reader’s Tip) My husband helps me to grow in holiness by showing me that there can be two ways to do things and both can be right.
As Sara and Justin celebrate two years of marriage, Sara reflects on how to find joy in everyday life. She says: “Remembering that my joy isn’t contingent on everything going according to plan is, at times, a struggle for me.”
Family vacations are great, but all that togetherness can be stressful. Take turns with the kids so that each of you has some down time every day.
If your child has a problem and wants your input, but you are caught off guard, try saying “Tell me more about that.” or “What do you think you should do?” Responses like this can buy you time and clarify the situation. Works with spouses too.
(Reader’s Tip) If you’re home together, take time to pray at noon. It gives you a nice mid-day break and a chance to discuss household matters.
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus tells us that we wish to follow him we must take up our cross every day. What is the hardest thing you are dealing with right now in your marriage?
Couples often have different time clocks. Is one of you often ready to walk out of the house while the other decides to brush and floss?
(Summer Begins) Today is the official beginning of summer and the longest day of the year. Take advantage of the daylight and do something fun, foolish, or refreshing.
Parents and other adults wanting to help children and teens safely navigate the Internet, cell phones and other mobile devices will welcome a brand new website, FaithandSafety.org.The website hopes to serve as “a starting point” for parents “who may not know where to turn, what to do or just need some quick information and practical guidance.”
Maintaining a balance between work and family life is often difficult, but even more so when a business is run from the home. The author’s insights apply not only to entrepreneurial couples, but also to those who work from home and anyone who is struggling to balance home and work responsibilities.
If you’re a member of the “sandwich generation” be consoled that you can never fully meet the needs of both your kids and your own parents. Relax.
Stacey takes note of the “busyness” of our lives, a phenomenon that seems to track with technological advances. She’s looking forward to the summer and the opportunity for some “unplugged” time with the children.
“Greet one another with a holy kiss.” (2 Cor. 13:12) There are kisses and there are kisses. Some cultures greet even strangers with a kiss on both cheeks. The marital kiss is special. Pay attention to how you kiss each other today.
What is a married couple to do when one person is a saver and the other a spender? Sara and Justin share their experiences with navigating a healthy budget.
“We are responsible for the process we use in parenting, not the outcome. Our children have free will and can choose their own paths, even destructive ones. We can guide but we can’t control. Sometimes all we can do is pray.” (Susan Vogt)
If you’re thinking about getting married, you’re probably also thinking about where to have the ceremony. John Bosio, author of three books on marriage, explains why marrying in the Catholic Church can have a positive impact on the rest of your married life.
“Why” questions are fine for inquisitive minds but can be an obstacle during marital arguments. Why? It can sound accusatory. “Why did you do that?” “Why don’t you just…” Be careful of “Why” questions disguised as innocent queries.
(Father’s Day) What is one specific thing about your husband’s parenting that you admire? His patience with the kids, his willingness to enter into their play, his way of encouraging them? Tell him today!
Marriage Challenge (8-15 years): If you desire children but are not yet parents, tenderly support each other. Consider how your love may flow out to others needing your generosity.
Is it a good idea for parents to request a little feedback from a child on how they are doing in their parenthood roles? The answer is yes, according to new research on parenting.