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Diocese of Hamilton Marriage and Parenting Tips


May 2018 - Parenting and Marriage Tips

May 2018 - Parenting and Marriage Tips

Courtesy of the Office of Family Ministry, Diocese of Hamilton

PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH

Parenting Tip 106
Children are impacted, from the day they are born, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually by our responses, both to their needs and to the way we engage with the world around us. As parents we should provide expectations for our children’s behaviour, but it is also important to reflect on whether or not we expect the same of ourselves. If a child acts or speaks in a way we don’t like, we should correct them, but it is essential to ask if they might be learning that specific behaviour from watching us, their parents. Our actions and words matter - children need us to model the behaviour we want from them.
(From: Teresa Hartnett, Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250)

MARRIAGE TIP OF THE MONTH

Marriage Tip 86
“I love you” and “you matter” are important words in every married relationship. The words however, are never enough. Ask yourself how you can show these two expressions in both words and deeds, since words alone are not enough. Ask your spouse to tell you what things you do that express these two small phrases to them – if they can’t think of any, you have some work to do! Ask them how you could express your love and their importance to you and you will both find joy!
(From: Teresa Hartnett, Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250)
February 2018 - Parenting and Marriage Tips

February 2018 - Parenting and Marriage Tips

Courtesy of the Diocese of Hamilton

PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH

Parents often ask their children what they would like to be when they grow up, but the better question to reflect on is ‘who’ you want to be when you grow up. Lessons learned in childhood, along with the modelling from significant adults in their lives set a foundation for the adults our children become. Do you expect respect, the use of manners, that your children treat others with caring and compassion? Are you modelling the traits of a good parent and spouse? Do you help them to see how God can and does support them as they grow to develop the gifts they have been given to use in our world? Good people are happier and healthier people, so help your child develop the ‘who’ part of themselves and what they will be will take care of itself!
(From: Teresa Hartnett, Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250)

MARRIAGE TIP OF THE MONTH

In February we celebrate love on Valentine’s Day, but love is an action word, needed every day of every month. This year try something different for Valentine’s Day – make a commitment to tell each other on the 14th of every month what it is you love about each other. An attitude of gratitude, recognizing the good in the other and making a point of telling each other why you are in love is a great way to put love into action and it helps you to never take your love for granted.
(From: Teresa Hartnett, Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250)
December 2016 - Parenting and Marriage Tip

December 2016 - Parenting and Marriage Tip

Courtesy of The Diocese of Hamilton

Parenting Tip
At Christmas it is easy for children to get so wrapped up in what they want that they forget the reason for the season: the birth of Christ. Jesus came to offer a great sacrifice – his life so our sins could be forgiven. He taught us to look toward others; to feed the hungry, care for the sick and so much more. The greatest gift we can give our children is the ability to look outward towards what others need, as opposed to looking inward to what “I” want. When we teach our children what Christmas really represents and why we celebrate, it helps them know God loves them and to spread his love to others. (From: Teresa Hartnett, Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250)


Marriage Tip
Pope Francis, in Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), challenges married couples to understand that their love is a call to sacrificial love. He invites each spouse to see their married love as love that must be first and fore-most self-giving. When a person in relationship understands this, it helps them to reach beyond themselves and indeed grow. When we take the time to discern our vision of married life and then reach into ourselves to make it happen, both spouses benefit. The Pope is reminding us that love may not be perfect, but it is love and when we nurture it from within, we strengthen and build a deep bond between us. (From: Teresa Hartnett, Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250)