Francine & Byron Pirola

About Francine & Byron Pirola

Francine & Byron Pirola are the founders and principal authors of the SmartLoving series. They are passionate about living Catholic marriage to the full and helping couples reach their marital potential. They have been married since 1988 and have five children. Their articles may be reproduced for non commercial purposes with appropriate acknowledgement and back links.

Change Reaction

It’s easy to see how couples get stuck when ‘being right’ has become a habit. Clinging to our ‘right to be right’ is like gangrene in a relationship....

Myths about Arguments

When it comes to marriage and relationship, there are a lot of myths out there. Here are five of the most common. Myth 1: Good couples don't argue. The presence or absence

The Ikea Assembly Meltdown

Building your own furniture… it’s an unstated test of true manhood. Guys gravitate to the challenge, particularly when it's a guaranteed shoo-in. Meet the Ikea* Challenge… it’s supposed to be easy right?

The Ikea Carpark Battle

We know the scenario: a frazzled couple, stroppy kids and a car that just isn’t big enough to fit all the stuff they’ve just bought in store. Over-tired and over-sugared children seem

Why Couples Fight in Ikea

“Why do couples fight in Ikea?” friends asked us. They had made a long-planned store visit on the weekend and almost every couple they encountered, including themselves, were stressed, tense and exchanging

Enhancing Sexual Communion

Looking for ways to deepen your connection and enhance your sexual communion? Try these ideas: 1. Prayer for passionate other-centredness. It can seem like a strange thing for which to pray, but

Natural Method Effectiveness

    Posts in this series Natural Fertility methods: here Avoiding Pregnancy - Confidently: here Achieving Pregnancy - Naturally: here Intentional Intercourse: here A Vision for Life and Love: here The Language

Adult children of Addicts & Sexual Response

Adult Children of Alcoholics, Addicts and the Mentally Disabled Another pattern noted by some sex therapists is the sexual aversion often experienced by adult children of alcoholics, addicts, or a mentally disabled