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 First Things First with Julie Baumgardner airs each Saturday at 6:30 a.m. on WTCI. Repeats will air each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Friday at 9:30 p.m. on WTCI (cable channel 5).
Each week, Julie will lead insightful and meaningful discussions on the dynamics of family life and how to overcome marriage obstacles.

If you miss an episode, DVDs are available in the FTF Marriage and Family Resource Center.

  • The Good Fight
    Most couples try to avoid a fight at any cost, and who can blame them? Most fights do not solve the problem at hand and often leave the participants feeling hurt and alone. Episode Guide
  • Handling Crisis in Your Marriage
    We’ve all heard the wedding vows, “...for better or worse…” yet so many couples go into marriage expecting the honeymoon to last forever. When life happens and their relationship is tested, many couples are quick to look for the door marked EXIT. Episode Guide
  • Building a Strong Marriage
    When it comes to building a marriage that will stand the test of time, what really matters - Love, Chemistry, Compatibility?
  • The Marital First Responders
    If a friend or family member told you they were done with their marriage, how would you respond? Many people find themselves in this situation. They give the best advice they can but despite their good intentions, they sometimes do more harm than good. The Marital First Responders training course addresses this growing concern. Episode Guide
  • The Carpenters
    As the result of a traumatic car accident, Krickitt Carpenter woke up in a hospital with no memory of her husband, Kim. But Kim was committed and resolved to fight for woman he loved. Episode Guide
  • ScreamFree Parenting
    Do you find yourself constantly yelling at your kids and getting nowhere? ScreamFree Parenting(TM) is a revolutionary new approach to parenting that helps you stay calm while effectively getting through to your kids. Episode Guide
  • Internet Safety
    Social media networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter make connecting with new people a favorite pastime, especially for teens and tweens. But many of these NEW friends are actually predators looking for your child. Episode Guide
  • Teen Moms
    The subject of teen moms continues to draw mixed feelings all across the country. Media outlets and reality television often make having a baby look fashionable and iconic, but if you ask the average teen mother, she would likely give you a very different perspective. Episode Guide
  • Spice Up Your Marriage w/ Cooking
    Many married couples may start to feel that their relationship has become stale or bland over time. But there are plenty of ways to spark that sizzle in their relationship. Sometimes, all it takes is a trip to-- the kitchen! Episode Guide
  • Helicopter Parenting
    It’s normal for parents to want to protect their children and be involved in their lives, but how much is too much? Episode Guide
  • Managing Your Child's Behavior
    Does your child’s behavior leave you stressed out and frustrated? Many parents struggle with knowing what to do when their child behaves badly at home or in public. There are proven strategies to help your better manage your child’s behavior. Episode Guide
  • Mother-in-law & Daughter-in-law
    Many mothers think of their son’s wife as their rival—and vice versa. But it doesn't have to be this way. For additional resources, Episode Guide
  • Parenting Children with Special Needs
    Raising children can be a challenge, but when one child has a physical or mental disability, the challenges of parenting can be even greater. Learn More: Episode Guide
  • Preparing for Marriage
    Thinking about getting married? There’s a lot to consider, so how do you know if you’re REALLY ready? Learn More: Episode Guide
  • Singles and Dating
    Dating for single adults is a lot more complicated than it used to be. With the rise of social media and online dating, are traditional courtships now a thing of the past? Learn More: Episode Guide
  • Talking to your Kids about Tough Topics
    The world we live in is becoming more and more complex every day. Many of the issues that adults often face or hear about in the media are difficult for children to understand. When these topics come up, how do you as a parent begin to explain them to your children? Learn More:
  • Fathering from a Distance
    For many fathers staying connected to their children is no easy task. It is not uncommon for a father to be apart from his children for an extended period of time due to work, military deployment, or divorce. Learn More: Episode Guide
  • Helping Children Deal with Divorce
    Going through a divorce is stressful for most adults, but it can be devastating for children. They feel the stress and frustration of it just as much as adults do, and often feel it more deeply. Learn More:
  • Fighting for your Marriage
    Many married couples today are quick to throw in the towel when the going gets tough. But there are great rewards for couples who learn to work through the tough times. Learn More:
  • Teaching Children about Relationships
    As young adults, most of us were probably told “Don’t marry young. Get yourself established first, and be REALLY sure before you get married.” This seemingly helpful advice has caused a lot of teens and single adults to be apprehensive about marriage and forgo the traditional institution for something less risky. What messages are we really sending our children when it comes to relationships and marriage? For the episode resource guide, click here.
  • The Difference a Dad Makes
    Fathers can have a profound positive impact on the lives of their children. But society often downplays this important fact. Do dads really matter?
  • Caring for the Caregiver
    Becoming a family caregiver can often be stressful and overwhelming, especially when you are sandwiched between your sick or elderly parent and young children. On this episode of First Things First, Julie talks with Amy Boulware, a licensed clinical social worker, about caregiving, balance and finding time for yourself in the midst of chaos. For the episode resource guide, click here.
  • Are Your Friends Hurting Your Marriage?
    For most women, it’s nice to get together with girlfriends and talk about common interests or concerns. However, complaining about your husbands should never be one of them. For the episode resource guide, click here.
  • Family Fitness
    Every parent wants their children to grow up healthy and strong, but how can you keep them physically active when they are constantly occupied by TV, computers and video games? On this episode Julie speaks with Teresa Wade at the SportsBarn to get advice on keeping your family fit.
  • Being an Involved Dad
    Being a father in today’s culture is very different than it was a few decades ago. From working long hours to provide for their families to living apart from their kids, the challenge of being an involved dad may leave some men scratching their heads.