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 July 1: Independence is an important step on the journey to adulthood, but marriage also requires dependence. I depend on you to keep your word, to be there when I am feeling hurt, to watch the kids so I can have a break. How do you depend on one another?
Sunday July 8: In a healthy marriage both spouses strive to be good and strong. But, sometimes it is through recognizing our weakness that we can grow stronger. Can you identify a weakness in yourself that has punctured your pride and made you a better spouse?
Sunday July 15: Complaining can be a release for negative emotions, but it can wear down the listener – usually your spouse. Can you go one day without complaining? Let your beloved check you and hold you accountable.
Sunday July 22: Summer is a time of rest – sort of. Maybe you take a vacation or ease up on your work schedule. But you may still feel busy. Can you take some quiet, restful couple time this week?
Sunday July 29: As you are listening to your beloved explain a problem, ask yourself: “Why is this important to them?” One challenge in marital communication is not understanding the emotion and motive behind the message. Ask questions to understand why they feel that way.
Sunday July 1: We inherit both physical and personality traits from our parents. It can be a source of parental pride, but also consternation. Talk with your child about what strengths and weaknesses they might have received from you.
Sunday July 8: July 13 is Friday the 13th which means bad luck to some people. Why not turn the tables and make it a lucky day for someone today. Can you think of a way to make someone feel lucky today?
Sunday July 15: For many people, summer is a good time to do recreational reading. What was your favorite book as a child? If your child is old enough you have probably already read it together. Talk about why it was your favorite.
Sunday July 22: Honor yourselves. Why not make a day that does not involve cards or gifts, but rather do something fun as a family, even if it just means taking a nap.
Sunday July 29: Hopefully you have enough healthy food to eat – but not everyone does. Ask your children to join you in feeding the hungry this week through a donation, giving food, or service to a food pantry, etc.