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Sometimes kids need parental coaching, and sometimes they just need a fan. This Father’s Day reflection looks at the value of each.
An experienced Mom offers a Mother’s Day reflection. With no “mothering handbook” to follow, how does she admit that she doesn’t have all the answers to vexing situations?
Fr. Robert Barron, host of the series “Catholicism,” talks about marriage and relationships and answers the question “Why get married in the Catholic Church?” Check out his engaging and practical insights.
Has the prospect of warmer weather got you thinking about recreational pursuits? Most couples look forward to spending free time together. But what happens when you and your spouse have different ideas about the meaning of “fun”?
Lent has begun! This year, consider approaching this holy season as a “marriage team.” You and your spouse don’t have to give up–or do–the same things, but you can actively support each other. Here are some ideas.
Passing on the family’s stories can help children to understand who they are and where they came from. Who better to tell these stories than grandparents? The authors offer some suggestions for sharing family stories with the grandchildren.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we take time to think of the many people in our lives for whom we are grateful. How about starting with our spouse?
Pope Benedict XVI has called for a Year of Faith starting October 11. It’s a wonderful opportunity to deepen one’s personal faith, as well as renew the faith life of the family. Here are a few ideas to get started.
A lack of common values can be a deal-breaker in a marriage. How close are you and your spouse, or fiance(e), on basic marriage values? Try this short exercise.
Does your marriage need a little jump start? Don’t wait until the New Year to make a change. Try one or more of our Fall Resolutions to reinvigorate your marriage.
The United States has over 40 million people registered on over 1,500 online dating sites. It’s helpful to know how they can be useful to Catholics.
Almost 40 million Americans have tried internet dating and almost 20% of marriages began as an online relationship. What should you know about the advantages and limitations of dating websites?
How can a couple discern God’s will when making moral decisions? That’s a critical question in any marriage. Moral decision-making is a process that includes prayerful reflection, conversation, and evaluation before reaching a conclusion. Here are some specific steps.
As summer begins, it’s good to remember that rest, relaxation, and even play can be helpful in a marriage. Play as a virtue? Of course! Whether we call it playfulness, a sense of humor, or a joyous spirit, this virtue can help a marriage over the rough spots and deepen intimacy. Here are some ideas for cultivating playfulness in your marriage.
Good communication is essential in marriage, but the lack of common values can be a deal breaker. An experienced marriage educator observes: “If the values are significantly different, it’s unlikely that even the best communication will be enough.”
Why does a Catholic wedding normally take place in a church? What does marriage preparation involve? What should a couple do if their marriage is in trouble? Read the answers to these and other FAQs about marriage in the Catholic Church.
It’s the season for exams and, while marriage is not a test that you pass or fail, it can be helpful to assess where you are. Use this simple tool to rate your marital satisfaction in various key areas.
Are you planning to get married in the Catholic Church? Congratulations! Whether your wedding is next month or next year, here are some helpful tips for making it a ceremony to remember.
Do you wonder what it would be like to live simply throughout the year? Here are some ideas for making simplicity a lasting and fulfilling way to live.
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.
It’s the month of love! Join in the celebration of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Feb. 12). And check out these resources to help prepare for and strengthen your marriage.
Is there a grandparent in your life? Perhaps you’re one yourself! Check out this article for practical advice about how to be an even better grandparent.
Many couples would like to pray together, but don’t know how to begin. Here are four simple steps to get started, based on the structure of the Mass.
The For Your Marriage campaign has launched a new round of TV and radio public service announcements with the theme, “A good marriage goes a long way.” The campaign is a major activity of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ priority to strengthen marriage.
Anger management experts often advise couples to try to move from “unhealthy” to “healthy” anger. Dr. David Sanderlin points out that “healthy anger” is not all it’s cracked up to be. He shows how couples can grow towards a Christ-like, anger-free marital love.