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Other Specific Challenges that Inter-Christian, Intercultural Couples Encounter 

by Rev. Fr. Charles Joanides, Ph.D., LMFT
Another ongoing struggle that many inter-Christian, inter-cultural couples face is how they can remain respectful to their own religious and cultural preferences, while also being respectful of their partner's religious and cultural preferences.
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Couple with ChildIn Which Church Will our Children be Baptized and Raised?

by Rev. Fr. Charles Joanides, Ph.D., LMFT
“I’m writing you with tears in my eyes. I’m so upset today….  I’m Greek Orthodox and he isn’t….  Up until recently we were thinking about starting a family. But that’s been put on hold until we figure out where the children will be baptized and raised….  If we can’t get past this issue I’m afraid of what this will mean for us and our future. I don’t know where to turn for answers. Can you help?”
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Parents, Listen Up!

Jeannine Callea Stamatakis, M.A. (May 2009), M.F.T.I.
As a clinical psychotherapist, I have spoken with hundreds of parents and their children.  It always strikes me that while the majority of parents truly love their children, they do not quite know how to relate to their children, actively listen, and build a strong connection. 
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Couples, Listen Up!

Jeannine Callea Stamatakis, M.A., M.F.T.I.
Working as a couples therapist, there are myriad factors why couples seek counseling, yet one issue, in my clinical experience, is paramount when I am working with interfaith couples: the religion of their children.
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Parenting Challenges Interfaith Couples Face (Part I)

Most couples decide to begin a family after a few years of marriage. Along with the typical challenges that intrafaith couples face, interfaith couples can expect to encounter additional challenges before or just after the first child arrives.
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When Children Arrive (Part II) 

There are many challenges that couples face just before and immediately after the children arrive.
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When Children Reach Adolescence (Part I) 

The couple that you will meet below is a composite of other couples that participated in the Interfaith Research Project (IRP).
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When Children Reach Adolescence (Part II) 

Intermarried parents who acquaint themselves with the information that follows will be in a better position to address these challenges should they surface when their children reach adolescence.
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When Children Begin Maturing (Part I)

As children mature, the pace of life dramatically increases. During this stage in the family life cycle, parents typically struggle to meet their children’s growing needs, couple’s needs, family’s needs, extended family’s needs and increased work related responsibilities.
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Couple with ChildWhen Children Begin Maturing (Part II) 

As children mature, a couple's focus will shift from a preoccupation with their own relationship to a greater focus on their children's needs. Many couples who have previously been nominally interested in religion show an increased interest in religious matters.
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Intermarried Parenting:  One Couple, Different Ideas

Fay T. Karapanagiotis, Ph.D.
Parenting is an experience that crosses over ethenic and religious backgrounds, gender and class.  There are different styles, approaches adn perspectives that are used to guide couples through their journey as parents.
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Challenges Related to Remarriage and Stepfamily Life

Dear Fr. Charles, 
I have concerns related to our faithful who remarry. This is especially true when the children are teens….It seems to me the problems that these remarried couples have are numerous….In an attempt to be more helpful to these couples, can you help me better understand what special problems remarried couples face?
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When we Lose the Unthinkable - Child

Rev. Fr. Charles Joanides, Ph.D., LMFT
What happens when a medical doctor makes a fetal mistake and your five year old dies on the operating table?...What happens when you know the doctor made a mistake and nobody will give you a straight answer as to why your five year old child is not breathing?...What happens during the first year of grief when you have a hard time attending children's birthdays or baptisms and you have to leave early because you can't stop crying?  What happens when your wife and the child's mother has to be institutionalized with an eating disorder after your child's death?  Finally what happens when your lawsuit exceeds the compensation you expected?  After your child's death, is money really that important? - E-mail Respondent 
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