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 January 7: We humans mark time with watches and calendars. As we start a new year, however, perhaps it would be meaningful to enter into a conscious NOW with your beloved. As you read this, pause, find your spouse, and look at each other tenderly. Ponder the goodness of being together. Embrace.
Sunday January 14: It’s the season of New Year’s Resolutions. This can be good, but it can also turn your focus away from your beloved to self-improvement. Today, make one specific Resolution to deepen your love.
Sunday January 21: A common complaint among couples is, “You’re not listening to me.” When is listening hard for you? If you’re busy or tired, ask for a better time. Is there a conversation you’ve been avoiding?
Sunday January 28: Do not let obsessions distract you from being present to your beloved. How clean does the house really need to be? Hobbies are fun but can steal together time. Perfectionism can rob you of laughing together at your mistakes.
Sunday January 7: Gazing at stars can be a wondrous experience. Look up at the sky with your child tonight. Hopefully you will see stars. Ponder the universe together.
Sunday January 14: Does your child have any friends from different ethnicities? Find ways to mix or read stories of a different ethnic group.
Sunday January 21: Talk with your child about the value of life no matter how young or how old. Perhaps donate baby items to a center.
Sunday January 28: You are not your children! Your success as a parent does not depend on their success. Resist the urge to take credit for your child’s successes, lest you also take the blame for their mistakes.