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 23: Because we are humans, we have eyes, ears, hands, feet. Ideally, they all work together. Is there any part of your body that sometimes gives you trouble? How might your beloved aid or comfort you? Ask.
Sunday February 6: Look for a tangible way to show your spouse you care for him/her today. Also let this prompt you to extend your love to others today, even those with whom you disagree.
Sunday February 13: On Valentine’s Day you will do something special with your beloved. Beyond cards and candy, however, spend some time reminiscing about how you met and how that initial meeting evolved into a deeper relationship. Was there a significant turning point?
Sunday February 20: Usually your spouse is not your enemy (aside from occasional minor irritations). Join together to support each other in letting go of anger that either of you hold against someone who really annoys you.
Sunday February 27: Worries come naturally into most couple’s lives. It may seem unrealistic not to worry. Try watching some birds today. It’s winter, but somehow they are surviving. Do they look sad? Learn from the birds.
Sunday January 30: Have fun with your children by joking about frivolous unlucky things that have happened in your life. Then turn it around and talk about times when you were really lucky.
Sunday February 6: No matter what our skin color, religion, or economic status we need to learn to get along with people who are different from us. As a family, learn about a race different from your own this month.
Sunday February 13. A few home rules could be: No phones during family meals. Unless it’s an emergency, do not answer a phone call when talking in person to someone.
Sunday February 20: Talk with your child(ren) about people they don’t like. They don’t have to become best friends, but can they try to reduce the anger they feel; offer a gesture of kindness?Sunday February 27: Family chores: It’s not just about keeping your home clean. Sharing household work (once a child is old enough to walk and talk) promotes family unity, life skills, and cooperation. Do your household chores need any updating?