Summer vacation gives us an opportunity to build togetherness and unity in our families. As St John Chrysostom said, the family is like an icon of the church. Our church service is centered upon a liturgical partaking of bread and wine–the body and blood of our Lord–so it makes sense[…} Read more….
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“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.” -Proverbs 31:26. Moms are instructed in the bible to guide their children with wisdom and love. Therefore, discipline should always have the child’s best interest in mind and should serve to teach, not punish. Putting this into play, when[…} Read more….
We are pleased offer the next installment in Presbytera Roxanne Louh’s column on improving inter-family relationships. Physical needs are as important as emotional needs. In young children, this is almost always a precursor to acting out behavior. But, even in adolescents, we see how strong of a role sleep and nutrition[…} Read more….
Juggling a husband, 2 teens, a 4 year old, church work and a full time job is a challenge for all of us, even on our best days! It was a beautiful September Saturday morning, the kind I would have liked to keep the whole family in their pajamas and[…} Read more….
We are pleased offer the next installment in Presbytera Roxanne Louh’s column on improving inter-family relationships. Take time to really stop and experience your family members with all your senses: listen with your ears, look at them with your eyes, and touch them with a gentle pat or stroke of[…} Read more….
If someone were to ask your child what their specific family values are, how would they answer? Many of us, as parents, posses a vague understanding of the moral code by which we would like our family to live. Defining this code outright can be helpful, not only so that[…} Read more….
Many of you are familiar with St Stephen’s Summer Camp, our Diakonia Retreat Center, and the traditions that surround this important ministry within our Metropolis. Some of you may have attended St Stephen’s as a camper, some of you sent your children to us this summer, some of you may[…} Read more….
The other day, my eldest daughter asked me–begged me–to take her outside to roller skate. Uneasy on her feet, she still requires a stable hand to help her around the tiny paved parking area outside our townhome. I find this request exhausting. I’d much rather stay indoors, cleaning the kitchen[…} Read more….
We here at FLM are pleased to introduce a regular column by Presbytera Jocelyn Mathewes , entitled, Joyful Noise. My mother–a devout Christian–always used to say throughout my childhood, “I can’t sing well, but I do make a joyful noise.” She referred, of course, to the verse in Psalm 100:[…} Read more….
We are pleased to offer a link to a resource for parents! Our friends at Potamitis Publishing, a publishing house based in Greece, specialize in Orthodox books intended for children. The many kinds of books they offer include: books on the life of Christ and the Theotokos, a delightful coloring book[…} Read more….
It’s that time of year again! Even though your child may be less than enthusiastic with the return of the school year, below are some prayers which should help them get them back into the swing of things over the next few weeks. So before they rush out the door, designate[…} Read more….
By Paula Marchman, M.A., L.P.C. In my experience as a counselor, I am blessed to be present with many individuals and families on their journey to getting healthier in relationship not only with others but with themselves and with God. During my internship, I counseled a family that included their[…} Read more….