Archive for June, 2013
Marriage Challenge (8-15 years): If you have a child(ren), the challenge is to negotiate child care responsibilities and still have the energy to be lovers. Consider starting the custom of a weekly date.
Marriage Challenge (0-7 years): Blending personalities, customs, family traditions, and financial decision making. Which has been easiest for you? For your spouse?
Equality doesn’t mean sameness. As males and females we are differently made. As human beings we have unique talents and personalities. How does your spouse’s gift “serve” your family and the community?
Sometimes kids need parental coaching, and sometimes they just need a fan. This Father’s Day reflection looks at the value of each.
As desired as children usually are in a marriage, they also bring stress. Don’t let arguments over child discipline sap your energy and alienate you from each other. Take a break. Build a list of reliable sitters.
A trip to Indianapolis provides an opportunity for Sara to reminisce about the changes in her life. “Sometimes,” she says, “it’s good to get out of the routine simply to see how much I’ve grown and changed and how God’s been working in our lives.”
Balancing couple, parent, work, and personal time: Which one gets the least attention in your marriage? Take a concrete step to fix it.
We remember what we want to hear. When my husband asked me to take out the compost after dinner, I unintentionally but conveniently “forgot” because it was cold and I figured it could probably wait another day. Sound familiar?
Triangles are the most stable geometric form. Invite another person into your marriage to make it a threesome – you, your spouse, and God. Prayer can provide a perspective when both of you want your own way.
Thomas More is one of the better known married saints. We remember him for defending the institution of marriage with his life and living the marital relationship faithfully and fruitfully.
May has been a busy month for Josh and Stacey, with end-of-school activities and numerous house guests. Josh shares a spiritual reflection on the rhythm of coming and going.
Marriage is not so much a matter of finding the right partner as being the right partner. Although some people have a natural talent for relationships some skills can be learned. Check out ForYourMarriage.org for resources.
New research confirms the trend that a growing number of wives out-earn their husbands. While most adults do not see this as problematic, a large majority thinks that the expanding presence of mothers in the workplace makes it harder to raise children.
“Do what’s natural” is a common approach to many important decisions. Have you considered using a natural method to plan your family? Check out Natural Family Planning (NFP).
“Everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine.” (John 17:9) Although Jesus was addressing his Father with these words, they also apply to married couples. Are there any possessions that you are reluctant to share with your beloved?
The “identity and duties” of men and of fathers “have been in flux for decades, and it is time for us to start building something new and better from the shifting sands of our culture,” says the editor of this new book. The various essays explore such topics as marriage, sexuality, the theology of the body and understandings of manhood itself.
When is a piece of chocolate more than just chocolate? When it comes to mean a special treat for a busy mom. Sara explains why it’s important to have some “me” time and things, even if it’s just chocolate.
What’s the difference between constructive criticism and nagging? Repetition. Unless your spouse is hard of hearing, trust that saying your criticism once (or at most twice) is enough.
(Reader’s Tip) When life gets busy, my husband and I cook supper together. We get some time together and the kids normally steer clear!
(Feast of Corpus Christi) Today we celebrate the nourishment we receive from Jesus in the Eucharist. What one thing do you do to spiritually nourish your marriage? If you can’t think of something, start by saying a prayer together before bedtime.
(Reader’s Tip) No one’s perfect! Share a weakness with your spouse and listen for constructive feedback.