Danielle’s Helpful “Goose and Gander” Pieces

The Anchoress is gallivanting around Rome at the moment, but she did not leave us blog-less in her absence. Over at First Things, Danielle Bean, Sally Thomas, and our very own Simcha have been busy writing and posting and creating havoc in Elizabeth’s stead.

Over the weekend, Danielle had a series of posts that really caught my attention. Sunday’s was called “Do You Make Your Husband A Better Father,” and today’s, “Do You Make Your Wife A Better Mother.”

As one prone to counting my blessings far too rarely and far too hastily, today’s post was particularly worthwhile. As Catholics, we know there is a nearly infinite opportunity (and need) for spiritual growth, and these sorts of suggestions are always welcome:

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4. Say the Words
You might think your wife knows you appreciate her, but hearing those words from you will renew her confidence and inspire her toward greater heights of motherly love. Be specific and let your children hear you praise her: “I think it’s amazing the way you are able to get up at night and care for a crying baby,” or “I know what a sacrifice it is for you to drive the kids to basketball. Thank you for doing it.”

Ask yourself: Do I verbalize admiration and appreciation for my wife’s efforts as a mother or do I assume she knows what I think already?


  • Joseph Susanka

    Joseph Susanka has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since his graduation from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. Currently residing in Lander, Wyoming — “where Stetsons meet Birkenstocks” — he is a columnist for Crisis Magazine and the Patheos Catholic portal.

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