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June 29, 2003 09:33PM
Set a specific time, perhaps during a meal, when one member of the family receives the entire family's undivided attention. During this time, talk about accomplishments, special activities, or whatever is interesting to this person. Celebrate each person's uniqueness and thank God for bringing you together as His family!

QUOTE
Today's quote comes from Dr. James Dobson: "Divorce merely substitutes a new set of miseries for the ones left behind."

25 WAYS TO SHOW KIDS YOU CARE BY BUILDING ASSETS
Notice them; Ask them about themselves; Be yourself; Cheer their accomplishments; Go places together; Introduce them to new experiences; Expect their best and don't expect perfection; Catch them doing something right; Laugh at their jokes; Suggest better behaviors when they act out; Hug them; Be curious about them; Play outside together; Delight in their discoveries; Be available; Create a safe, open environment; Daydream with them; Make decisions together; Magnify their magnificence; Build something together; Let them make mistakes; Inspire their creativity; Invite them over for juice; Listen to their favorite music with them; Love them, no matter what. (Search Institute www.search-institute.org)


NUTSHELL ADVICE ON MAKING MARRIAGE LONG-LASTING AND SATISFYING
1. Both husband and wife must want to stay married, taking their vows seriously, including "until death us do part." Commitment is vital.
2. Accept that things won't always run smoothly and that potholes are a fact of life.
3. Communicate. Truly communicate every day. Talk about events, ideas, reactions, whatever comes to mind.
4. Stay connected to Jesus Christ. Be faithful in worship, Bible study, the Eucharist, and the fellowship of your brothers and sisters in Christ. The couple that prays together, indeed stays together.


George Strickland
Directionstoorthodoxy.org
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George Strickland June 29, 2003 09:33PM