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Family Night!

Let me encourage you to have a weekly family night. Sometimes it can be hard to make sure it happens – we are all SO busy. You can be certain that a weekly family night is always worth it!

But why? Research shows that families who spend time together will have better relationships with each other. This closeness will help when different members go through trying times in his/her life. This time that is spent communicating and enjoying each other will create a strong and positive foundation for children as they grow up. The bond will promote trust and safety which can turn any difficult situation into something easier to cope with because of the support system a child has in place.

Do you have a regular family night? If so, what do you do? Do you see it helping to strengthen your family? If you don’t already have a family night, would you be willing to give it a try and let us know what differences you see in your household as a result?

Family the Best Medicine

 

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Something Simple

This 6 minute video shows a great example of how a person can take a hard situation that they find themselves in and turn it around to be something great. It is heart wrenching in a wonderful way. It addresses how one teenager dealt with the bullying he was subjected to.

This teenage boy was being bullied and all he did was open a door for others (literally!). The video shows what a wonderful impact this simple act had for him and others. I encourage you to take the time to do something simple and kind for someone else. The ripple effect will take hold and who knows what good will come from it.

http://www.wimp.com/simplething/

See the College statement, Bullying at School: Never Acceptable

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The Destiny of Humanity – Part 6 of 6

In order for society to continue and to flourish, families need to keep going. Countries that put laws on how many children you can have and governments that encourage anything besides pro-family values are the ones that will halt the progression. St. Paul John II said, “The destiny of humanity passes through the family.” Could that possibly mean that if we don’t continue to have families, encourage family-making and participate in this righteous cause that we could alter the destiny of humanity? What do you think this means?


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The Destiny of Humanity: Part 5 of 6

I think that it is safe to say that times have changed. The world, values, and ideas are not the same as they once were “back in the day”. As different adults were interviewed during this clip, I found it interesting how they were noticing the changes as well. It isn’t just older generations that have noticed how society,  marriage and family have changed. Young adults see and feel it as well. They see that marriage is becoming too disposable, having a family is not “popular” and that people just don’t care.

How can we change this? The purpose of this blog is to bring to light these changes and challenges and encourage all to do their part in encouraging these traditional values. We are interested in hearing what you are doing. Whether big or small, every effort is important. How do you show others that family and marriage is important?


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The Destiny of Humanity – Part 5 of 6

I think that it is safe to say that times have changed. The world, values, and ideas are not the same as they once were “back in the day”. As different adults were interviewed during this clip, I found it interesting how they were noticing the changes as well. It isn’t just older generations that have noticed how society,  marriage and family have changed. Young adults see and feel it as well. They see that marriage is becoming too disposable, having a family is not “popular” and that people just don’t care.

How can we change this? The purpose of this blog is to bring to light these changes and challenges and encourage all to do their part in encouraging these traditional values. We are interested in hearing what you are doing. Whether big or small, every effort is important. How do you show others that family and marriage is important?


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The Destiny of Humanity – Part 4 of 6

It’s true. As parents, we want our children to have certain things in their lives. Whether we had them or not, we want our children to be happy, to find someone that treats them well and loves them, and to be successful in whatever it is they want to do with their life. What if the way that we could help them have all that was in our grasp and was something we had control over? By being married, working through the hard times, and showing love and respect to each other, we can teach our children that they can have the same thing. We can teach our children that they deserve to be treated well and that they can have a marriage that doesn’t end in divorce.

Marriage is not easy. I think every couple can agree with me on this. My theory in life is that with every good thing comes a bit of sacrifice and/or effort. This rings true for marriage. In the video, one wife says, “God has put a hidden sweetness in the difficulty.” How does this relate to marriage? For a couple that can find that sweetness, hardships turn into blessings and relationships become stronger.


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The Destiny of Humanity – Part 3 of 6

Have you ever stopped to consider why it is that men love women and vice versa? What is it about the other sex that attracts us to each other? As it states in this portion of the series, men and women are complementary to each other. They bring out each other’s advantages, just as complementary colors do. Unfortunately, this gets misconstrued in a society that has forgotten about the importance of our differences. Some things about being a man and about being a woman just come naturally. What I love about this though is that we can be different, but still complementary. This complementarity is what creates life and what sustains the family.

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The Destiny of Humanity: Part 2

Giving birth and being a parent is such a noble and respected responsibility in this world. Being a mom to 5 children, I have felt that overwhelming sense of unconditional love when I first met each one of them. I’m sure that many of our readers know exactly what I am talking about. We are, in a sense, starting the story of life for our children. A story that they will carry with them forever. Just as this video clip describes, this story is what gives each of us an identity and roots. It is amazing to be a part of something so important to a person’s life!

An important part of their story is to have both a mom and a dad in their life. Having both a mother and a father helps a child function better. This doesn’t mean going from one parent to the other in different houses, but having both parents, married, in the home. Both roles play an important part in a child’s life and story. If one is missing, the video says  a “male hunger” or “female hunger” occurs. As a result of the lack of interaction, children can end up in unhealthy relationships with that particular sex.


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The Destiny of Humanity: Part 1

There is an interesting YouTube video series entitled “The Destiny of Humanity.” We wish to use this video series to provide a great insight into marriage and its many aspects.

In part 1, people from many cultures discuss the importance of marriage and what it means to them. One piece of advice that stood out to me at the beginning was the idea that, under most circumstances, we know that 1+1=2. In marriage, however, from a spiritual perspective, it actually is 1+1=1. When getting married, a couple becomes one:  physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Later on, a woman says that “marriage is something that if you misconstrue its meaning, it would bring about a disintegration, a loss of sense of discernment of what is right and what is wrong.” This intrigued me and I am curious what our readers think about this. How does marriage help us to know what is right and wrong? I think that when you are married, it really becomes apparent that your actions affect more than just yourself. You now have someone else to watch over, care for, and think about when making decisions (and when marriage leads to parenthood, there are even more “someones” to consider). This gives us a wider perspective about what is right and wrong.

Another commentator said that if we abandon marriage, we are more inclined to be alone and aloneness is the number one cause of suffering. Haven’t we all seen someone that is suffering from aloneness? Think about the happiness that can come from having someone there to support you, love you, and be with you through-out life? This same man said that if we don’t have the opportunity to be in a marriage or in a family, we will become a more selfish person because that is where we practice selflessness.

What are your thoughts? What does marriage mean to you?

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Tradition, Tradition!

Marriage_Matters_300x200Are you all singing the song from “Fiddler on the Roof” now? You are welcome! 🙂

What makes traditions so important that a song had to be written about them? According to a website devoted to work-at-home moms,   “Family traditions bring a sense of   belongingness, commitment and familiarity with each other. They also pave the way for good times   and good memories. Family traditions are also one way to carry on a family’s identity (e.g. ethnic, religious, occupational, recreational   and so forth).”

Think about the things you do daily and on holidays. How many of those things are the same as the things you did when you were little? Did your parents have these same traditions when they were growing up? Or did they start the tradition with you? Have you passed it along to your own kids?

When my husband and I got married, we sat down and had a discussion (or two) about what kinds of things we enjoyed from our childhood that we want to do with our own kids. Some things we decided to let go of and others we carried into our own family. Traditions are so important and I hope that you are considering what is important to your family of the past and of your future.

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