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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.

To See the 2015 Season's Episode Listing, Click Here. 

  • Dealing with Addiction
    The word “addict” often conjures up thoughts of substance abuse. In reality, it can take on many different forms.
  • Communicating with Teens
    Adolescence can be a trying time for both teens and their parents. Knowing how to talk with your child can help you guide them on their journey to adulthood.
  • The Importance of Play
    The idea of adults at play is often considered trivial or unproductive. In reality, it is an important part of our continued development and maturity.
  • Dating Violence
    Dating violence among teens and young adults is a growing concern in the U.S., yet many people fail to recognize it or report abuse when it occurs.
  • The Relative Caregiver Program
    Many people today find themselves raising their grandchildren or children other than their own. What resources are available to help with this family transition?
  • The Importance of Father Involvement
    What kind of impact can fathers have whether parenting from a distance or right in the home?
  • Sex Trafficking
    Sex trafficking has become a serious problem across the U.S. and most likely impacts people in your home town. How do you recognize it, and more importantly, what can be done to stop it?
  • Empty Nest
    The kids are gone! Now what? Some parents get giddy as they anticipate the empty nest while others can’t even talk about it.
  • Disciplining Your Child
    There is a great deal of controversy about appropriate ways to discipline children. What is the best approach for your child? Does one approach work for all kids?
  • Domestic Violence
    Domestic violence can happen to anyone, and it is more than physical abuse. How does this behavior start, and more importantly, how can it be stopped?
  • Setting Boundaries
    Relationships are defined by the boundaries we set for ourselves and for others. While these are necessary, they can sometimes be difficult to establish and keep.
  • Infidelity & Forgiveness
    The unfaithfulness of a spouse is a painful experience for any marriage. The act of forgiving is a major step toward the survival of that marriage.
  • Married with Children
    The birth of a child can be a joyful event for married couples, but the pitter-patter of little feet can also bring a whole new dimension to your relationship. We discuss the ups and downs of being married with children.
  • 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 the 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.
  • Importance of the Family Meal
    Discussions around the dinner table can be a great way for parents to connect with their kids, but does this tradition still matter to modern families?
  • Money Management
    Making ends meet is an everyday goal for most parents, but what lessons are children learning about money in today's world and who are they learning them from? We take a closer look at managing money in this First Things First episode.
  • Mother-Daughter Relationships
    Why is it that some mothers and daughters are the best of friends, while others act like sparing partners? Join us as we talk about the ups and downs of mother-daughter relationships on this episode of First Things First.
  • Relating to the In-Laws
    When couples get married, they're often surprised at how involved their spouse's parents can become in their relationship. Many unsuspecting spouse find themselves torn between their husband or wife and the family that raised them. Learn more about some ways to balance out this dilemma.
  • Reading is Fundamental
    Children are born with an amazing capacity to learn, and nothing nurtures that like reading. When it comes to a child's development, reading really is fundamental for building a foundation for learning. What is the true impact of reading in a child's life?
  • Disciplining Your Children
    No parent wants a spoiled or unruly child, but for most parents, keeping a child under control can be frustrating an exhausting. Learn how to discipline your child from Dr. Susan Hickman in this episode of First Things First.
  • Teens and Risky Behavior
    Adolescence is a time of change and self-discovery. If you're the parent of a teenager, you know that it's normal for kids to want to be more independent and make decisions for themselves. How do you allow your children to experience life and help them avoid risky and potentially harmful behaviors? Get advice from a mom of 3 teenagers!
  • Career Development & Parenting
    Raising a family can be tough enough, but if you're unemployed or looking to advance your career, the task is even greater. How can you develop your career and balance parenting responsibilities?
  • Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage
    Julie Baumgardner sits down with CEO and pastor, Mark Gungor to discuss his marriage seminar, "Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage."
  • Raising Truly Great Kids
    Raising children can easily be called one of life's greatest adventures, but the challenge of raising well-rounded children has many parents scratching their heads. Listen in as we learn how to raise healthy, happy kids and still keep your sanity!
  • Helicopter Parents
    What is a helicopter parent? Learn what signs to look for and how to avoid becoming a helicopter parent to your kids.
  • Boundaries in Marriage
    Is it ok to have friends of the opposite sex after you get married? Should your in-laws be allowed to drop by day and night? How should married couples deal with Facebook? Learn more about how to set appropriate boundaries in your marriage with relationship coach, Dr. David Banks.
  • Dating in the Age of Social Networking
    Modern technology has changed the art of dating, with everything from compatibility websites to connecting on Facebook. But with all this new technology, are we losing that human touch in relationships? Is dating better and more efficient in the 21st century?
  • Adoption
    For many couples and individuals, adoption is a means of providing love and security to a child in need, but it can also present a different set a challenges than those facing traditional families. For instance, when should you tell the child about his or her birth parents? Learn more in this episode of First Things First.