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First Things First Column The Family Column is a series of articles providing helpful information on families and marriages. It is published every Sunday in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Subscribe to our  Family Column RSS Feed.

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A focus group of millennial women who were currently living with their boyfriends were recently interviewed regarding their relationship, their thoughts about marriage and how cohabitation differs from marriage.
Youth sports can be a wonderful thing. Learning how to take instruction, be a team player, build basic motor skills, win and lose with grace and have fun in the process are a valuable part of a child's growth and development. Any participant in youth sports, however, also knows there is a downside — and most of the time it isn't the teammates; it's "that parent."
The second week of August means there are many transitions in the making. Kindergartners are attending school for the first time. Last year's fifth-graders are headed to middle school. Eighth-graders who were at the top of the pecking order are moving on to high school and essentially are now the little fish in the big pond. Then there are the seniors, some of whom cannot wait for graduation, while others want to take their sweet time getting there.
Shaunti Feldhahn is a Harvard-educated analyst who wants to enable men and women to have healthy, long-lasting marriages. Feldhahn's research found that in most cases, relationship problems happen when a husband and wife care deeply for each other and are trying really hard, but often in the wrong areas.
July 16, 2015 is a day people in Chattanooga and beyond are not likely forget. It's the day a single gunman opened fire on unarmed military personnel at two different locations; five died.