Single Parenting

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What is a single parent to do when it comes to pursuing romantic relationships? We would advise you to (1) invest in having your children’s father(s)/mother engaged in their lives and to make every effort to be involved in your children’s lives, (2) slow down romantic relationships and (3) learn more about what makes healthy relationships to avoid prematurely entering into toxic relationships that put your children at risk.

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Alicia La Hoz

Dr. Alicia La Hoz
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Omar Ramos

Omar Ramos
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Family Bridges

Veronica Avila
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Desmond Clark
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This Week's Action

  • Sign up for a relationship workshop or pick up a book for helpful insights. Some recommendations include: (1) John Van Epp’s How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk/ette and (2) Townsend Boundaries

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Setting Boundaries

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What boundaries do you think you need to put in place to help protect your time with your spouse?

Boundaries within the family are important. For example, putting children to bed consistently at a reasonable time every evening is not only good for their development but it also gives you some breathing room for you to enjoy some free time or take time to talk with your spouse. Honoring time with your spouse is another way you can create boundaries that help you keep your romantic life alive. Date your spouse. When you do so, you’ll create moments when you can talk. These moments also create opportunities for you to grow in intimacy with one another. Managing children is taxing and it is easy to neglect your romantic life. Children will chip away at your privacy and will invade all of your space, time and energy if you let them. You have to work at protecting your privacy. This means protecting your couple time by having regular date nights.

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Alicia La Hoz

Dr. Alicia La Hoz
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Omar Ramos

Omar Ramos
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Family Bridges

Veronica Avila
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Eduardo Morales

Eddie Morales
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This Week's Action

  • Schedule a date night with your spouse this month. During the date night, talk about a common goal you both share or that you both would like to engage in (i.e., take a dance class together, learn a new sport/hobby together, or serve together in a charity or ministry you both feel passionate about). Check out the date night ideas and resources in the date night program under tools.

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Spend Time Wisely

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As parents, we want the best for our children. Which means we spend and focus most of our time on them. The problem is that focusing so much on our children distracts us from fostering a relationship with our spouse. And if our relationship with our spouse suffers, in the end, our children suffer because the quality of the couple’s relationship directly impacts the children. Tune in to this week’s podcast for insight and tips on what we can do as parents and as a couple to nurture and balance our relationships.

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Alicia La Hoz

Dr. Alicia La Hoz
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Omar Ramos

Omar Ramos
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Veronica Avila
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Rick Rivero

Rick Rivero
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Mom Wow – Mother’s Day Special

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What was the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever given or received?”

Our mothers certainly influenced us.  Can you recall something your mother did that you also do – either a tradition or a habit?  How about something your mother did that you never noticed or appreciated until later?

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Alicia La Hoz

Dr. Alicia La Hoz
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Omar Ramos

Omar Ramos
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Family Bridges

Veronica Avila
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Frederick Ford Beckley

Frederick Ford Beckley
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Isabel Miranda

Isabel Miranda
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Richard Lara

Richard Lara
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This Week's Action

  • Take a moment to thank your mother for the influence she had in your life. Record a message now with your phone and text it to her. Or better yet, just pick up the phone now, call her and tell her directly.

Use the following tools to help you along the way: Mother’s Day Ideas

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Parent Burnout

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It’s easy to get swept away by the demands of your children. They can invade your bed, take over your free time, and cut into your hobbies. As you meet their needs, it’s easy to ignore the needs of your spouse. Many spouses grow apart during the early parenting years. As they do so, they are more susceptible to getting their emotional needs met by something or someone else. Whether it’s an affair or an addiction – these escapes offer an opportunity for each person in the relationship to obtain a form of pseudo-love.  Intentionally investing in your marriage week by week, month-by month, is essential to keep your relationship thriving.

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Alicia La Hoz

Dr. Alicia La Hoz
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Omar Ramos

Omar Ramos
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Family Bridges

Veronica Avila
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Dr. Nadia Persun

Dr. Nadia Persun
Special Guest

Greg Persun

Greg Persun
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This Week's Action

  • Look for 10 minutes each day within your everyday routine, where you can turn towards your spouse (i.e., morning coffee, snuggling together and watching TV after the kids go to bed, driving to an event together), and share something about your spouse that you are grateful for.
  • Create a vision statement for your marriage (see tools below for step-by-step instructions)
  • The following tools can help you along the way: How to create a vision for your Family and Marriage.

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The Magic of Childhood

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Parenting pressures can make parenting seem like a competition, where parents scour Pinterest for the best ideas on how to create a spectacular birthday party or science project. While parents want to expose their children to enriching opportunities that promote their growth and development, we need to be mindful to not fall into the competition trap or into a mindset that our child’s magical experiences need to be orchestrated. Sometimes, all a parent needs to do is step out of the way so kids can be kids; the magic will come on its own.

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Alicia La Hoz

Dr. Alicia La Hoz
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Omar Ramos

Omar Ramos
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Family Bridges

Veronica Avila
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Family Bridges

Marcela Saldeña
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This Week's Action

  • Facilitate your child taking the lead in putting together the assigned school project for the month or engage your child in planning his birthday party (or a similar event). Provide the supplies and support for them to succeed but let them work on it without interfering. Journal how it felt for you as a parent to let them turn in a project that was unpolished by you. And also take note of how your child felt throughout the process.

Use the following tools to help you along the way: Magic of Childhood 

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