The Office for Marriage and Family Life provides the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington (CDOW) parishes with Marriage Moments and Parenting Pointers promoting marital enrichment and parental support.
“Marriage and Family Life Corner”
Sunday September 23: Couples fight about many different things – money, whose job it is to clean up, the kids… Identify your top gripe of today and decide to let it go. Is one day of peace too hard?
Sunday September 30: Bond yourself together as husband and wife. With bringing God into your relationship, you create a three ply cord, giving you the strength that is not easily broken.
Sunday October 7: What does it mean to be a good life partner? Certainly it includes sharing life’s tasks and supporting each other. Talk about what it would feel like to live alone. Name one thing you especially like about being married?
Sunday October 14: It is not good for anyone to be alone. In marriage you are blessed to have chosen a helpmate to share your spiritual journey toward home. Make some time to be alone together today.
Sunday October 21: It is natural to want stuff – food, clothing, and shelter are necessities. Fashionable clothes, eating out, and electronics are not evil. How much is enough? Decide at least one thing to give away today.
Sunday October 28: Do something unexpected for your beloved today that shows you appreciate them. For example, place a love note in their briefcase or computer bag or take a selfie and send as a message.
Sunday September 23: Have you had a Family Night recently? Do not know what to do? Try a walk down Memory Lane with your kids. Dig out some photos of their birth to more recent times and reminisce together. Maybe they would even like to see photos of you growing up, if you dare.
Sunday September 30: Maybe you always (or mostly) eat dinner together. Good. If so, talk about something like favorites (food, dessert, place, toy, vacation…). If not, eat together today or as often as possible this week.
Sunday October 7: During this Respect Life Month pick the life issue that you feel most strongly about (preventing abortion, supporting new mothers, helping those whose lives are mired in poverty, caring for the frail elderly, working for gun control, eliminating the death penalty, bullying…) Tell your child why this is important to you.
Sunday October 14: Children make mistakes. That is natural. Of course you forgive them. For example, they may promise to never drink and drive again. Believe them. But this does not mean you enable a teen by being blind to reality. Forgive but verify.
Sunday October 21: All families have stories that they tell over and over. One genre is the vacation-disaster story. These stories are important because they say this family can not only survive adversity but can laugh at it and keep on loving each other. Tell a story.
Sunday October 28: When families work well, jobs are shared according to age, ability, and interest. Just for fun, why not shake it up once in awhile. Try trading jobs. You just might learn something new.