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Surviving the First Year of Parenthood

Surviving the First Year of Parenthood

Sarah, a former For Your Marriage blogger, and Daniel have a young son named Charlie. We asked Sarah how she and Daniel pay attention to their marriage while coping with the demands of a baby. Sarah shares some down-to-earth advice.


A Special Family: Shaped by Down Syndrome, Grief and Grace

A Special Family: Shaped by Down Syndrome, Grief and Grace

Having three adopted children with down Syndrome has proven to be a gift instead of a disability for the Russo family in their day to day lives. Following the unexpected and tragic death of their young son, the family continued to find joy and strength in each other and their faith.


A Lesson In Love From Our Dying Son

A Lesson In Love From Our Dying Son

In the fall of 2011, my husband Patrick and I had been married eight years and our family was rapidly growing. Our oldest child had just turned six and we were expecting our fifth child in December. John Paul was born on December 6, 2011. We knew immediately that something was very wrong.


Books on Parenting: Our Recommendations

Fatherhood: Man to Man, Dad to Dad: Catholic Faith and Fatherhood by Brian Caulfield Motherhood: A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy by Sarah Reinhard Saints on Call: Everyday Devotions for Moms by Christine Gibson Creating New Life, Nurturing Families: A Woman’s Perspective by Sidney Callahan Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and […]


How To Take Young Children to Mass

How To Take Young Children to Mass

Can parents with small children really bring them to Sunday Mass with good results? Yes, say Josh and Stacey Noem, parents of three. They offer some practical advice for parents who want the experience to be positive for them, their children, and their fellow worshippers.


When Dad Is a Fan

When Dad Is a Fan

Sometimes kids need parental coaching, and sometimes they just need a fan. This Father’s Day reflection looks at the value of each.


Wanted: A Handbook for Mothers

Wanted: A Handbook for Mothers

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?


“Courageous” Movie Offers Powerful Message About Fatherhood

“Courageous” Movie Offers Powerful Message About Fatherhood

Are you looking for a new movie with a compelling message and action-packed police drama? Then check out “Courageous,” which opens around the country on September 30.


Parenting: What the Airlines Can Teach Us

Parenting: What the Airlines Can Teach Us

The author finds that airlines unwittingly offer some helpful parenting advice. Why do flight attendants tell passengers to take care of themselves before assisting others?


Do Children Really Make a Marriage Less Happy?

Do Children Really Make a Marriage Less Happy?

While research confirms that marital happiness suffers when children arrive, new studies show that the gap is small. Marital satisifaction doesn’t have to decline when children are in the picture. Parents can choose how they will respond to the challenge.


The Empty Nest

The Empty Nest

Empty Nest couples, like Tom and Maribeth, are called to new choices, more freedoms, and new ways of loving each other in this grace filled stage of marriage.


Parenting to Beat the Bedtime Blues

Parenting to Beat the Bedtime Blues

Our daughter Mary just won’t stay in bed. We vacillate between comforting Mary, demanding that she go back to bed, and criticizing each other’s parenting style. It’s beginning to wear on our relationship. What can we do to preserve our sanity and get a little quality time with each other at night?


Give Your Kids a Life: Keep Them Off Drugs

Give Your Kids a Life: Keep Them Off Drugs

There’s been a big change in peoples’ attitudes about using marijuana, and it’s a change that may affect parents all over America. One recent poll discovered that 46 percent of Americans support legalizing small amounts for personal use. What does this trend mean for parents?


Marriage and a Special Needs Child

Marriage and a Special Needs Child

It used to be hard to find time for each other what with work and the boys, but when our Jimmy was diagnosed with profound autism, it was like a bomb went off. Tom just withdrew into work and all my time was taken up taking Jimmy from one doctor to another and trying to keep my other kids’ lives as normal as possible. All of a sudden, the little bit of time Tom and I had was totally gone.


When Teens Know One Parent Will Say Yes

When Teens Know One Parent Will Say Yes

We have been happily married for fifteen years and believe we have handled most of our parenting well, but now our fourteen year old daughter’s drive for independence often causes us to argue. When she wants to go to a party or to the mall with her friends, my husband and I react differently, in ways that surprise both of us.


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