Category: Parenting

God is Our Strength: Raising Children After Divorce
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God is Our Strength: Raising Children After Divorce

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My life as a Catholic father has taken some turns I could never have predicted. My divorce, annulment, and remarriage in the last six years changed the straight, traditional path that I always envisioned. However, one thing has been constant and unwavering—my faith in God and in Jesus Christ. In all I have done in […]

Our Imperfect Family Rosary
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Our Imperfect Family Rosary

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When I was growing up, my immature self believed that the family rosary was something that had to be endured. Through no fault of my parents, the nightly ritual was anything but idyllic. My siblings and I were called into our parents’ bedroom where we knelt facing the crucifix.  My older brother and I would […]

The Cause of High College Tuition
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The Cause of High College Tuition

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Ah, the autumn is upon us. College campuses are buzzing with activity — as college kids and their parents rack up massive debt to cover the cost of high tuition. The origin of such debt is interesting to trace. In 1987, reports Slate, President Reagan’s secretary of Education, Bill Bennett, published a New York Times […]

Praying Through Divorce - And After: How the Rosary is Saving My Soul
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Praying Through Divorce – And After: How the Rosary is Saving My Soul

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How do you pray when you are angry? How can you pray for those who oppose you? When I can’t find my own words, the traditional prayers of our Catholic faith can help. When I was going through my divorce, I had a very difficult time praying. I wasn’t sure of the words to use. […]

Book Review: <em>Pray with Me: 7 Simple Ways to Pray with Your Children</em>
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Book Review: Pray with Me: 7 Simple Ways to Pray with Your Children

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Pray with Me: Seven Simple Ways to Pray with Your Children (Ave Maria Press, 2015) is a great gift to Catholic parents everywhere. Grace Mazza Urbanski, the director of Children’s Ministry for the Apostleship of Prayer in the United States, has degrees in English and Theology, and is also the mother of five children. She […]

<em>Laudato Si</em> with My Children
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Laudato Si with My Children

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Reading Laudato Si was like falling in love. For my husband and me, it brought back memories of the exciting early mornings of twelve years ago. Newly enraptured with Catholic teaching, we would rise early with a pot of coffee and our books – him with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and me with […]

The Pain of Divorce: Annulment Offers Healing and Closure
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The Pain of Divorce: Annulment Offers Healing and Closure

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There’s a well-known quote that I know firsthand to be true: “The best gift parents can give their children is a happy marriage.” The love and happiness shared by parents bring joy to the whole family. Thus when I came to terms with the fact that my first bond did not reflect a happy and […]

Back-to-School Reflections From a Homeschooling Mom
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Back-to-School Reflections From a Homeschooling Mom

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The school year began in the local public schools last week. As I watched the bus drive down the street and saw all the back-to-school photos that my friends put up on Facebook, I couldn’t help but feel a little sad. My kids are homeschooled. There is no big yellow school bus for us. There’s […]

Book Review: <em>Catholic Family Fun</em>
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Book Review: Catholic Family Fun

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Catholic Family Fun by Sarah Reinhard is a great book—a great book. Two thoughts kept coming to me as I read it, the first was: Wow! My kids would love this! The second was: Hey! I could totally do this! And having field tested a bunch of things from the book, I’m glad to report […]

Empty School Hallway
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Parochial School Girl Meets Public School World

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When our oldest daughter graduated with her 40-person class from eighth grade in parochial school, all the girls hugged each other and cried. She’s entering public high school in a few days, and it’s totally uncharted territory. None of her parochial school friends will be with her, she won’t be wearing her trusty plaid uniform, […]

He Delights in You
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He Delights in You

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Pitter patter the little feet came running from around the corner at the sound of my voice. Being a grandmother is the next best thing to being a mom. While my husband of thirty-five years is always happy to see me, I might think he was after something if he ran to me every time […]

No, Son, You CAN'T Be Whatever You Want
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No, Son, You CAN’T Be Whatever You Want

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One thing most loving parents say to their kids at one time or another is, “Honey, you can be anything you want to be when you grow up!” I used to think this was a wonderfully affirming statement—until I became Catholic. Reprinted with permission from CatholicSistas.com. I was married and pregnant with my first child […]

How to Pray with a Toddler
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How to Pray with a Toddler

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Learning to pray together as a couple can be difficult, but learning to pray as a family with a small child is even harder. In the first year of our marriage, my wife and I struggled to figure out how to pray together. Though we’ve made some progress, especially since becoming Catholic, we are still […]

Movie Review <em>I Am Potential</em>
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Movie Review I Am Potential

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The new movie, I Am Potential, is based on the true story of the Hughes Family whose son was born without eyes and unable to walk. I almost didn’t want to even tell you that, because I had the experience of coming at the story cold, and was hit by the element of surprise at […]

The First Heralds
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The First Heralds

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My husband was watching the morning news when footage of 433 hot air balloons in France lit the screen and he pressed pause, beckoning our daughter. “Look, Maria!” he said. They watched the segment together, but Ted wasn’t satisfied with its educational value, so he found an online video of another hot air balloon, kicking […]

The ABC’s of Apologizing to Your Kids
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The ABC’s of Apologizing to Your Kids

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Slammed door, yelling, and stomping feet. These are the sounds of the moody teenager, right? Sometimes. But sometimes, they are Mom or Dad. Reprinted with permission from Catholic Sistas. I was taught to control my emotions as a child, but I didn’t have to really practice it until I became a mother. We love our […]

Something to Teach Your Kids
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Something to Teach Your Kids

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It’s a Hallmark holiday, but Father’s Day can be a chance to reflect a bit on our children and their future. As a father of one son (and soon to be two), I am a member of a shrinking subset in modern America. Increasingly, many people like me aren’t getting married, some aren’t having children […]

Life Lessons in the Dear God Series
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Life Lessons in the Dear God Series

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There’s nothing like reading a good book before bedtime, especially for kids. Too often, the busyness of life leaves parents feeling that we have not done enough of one thing or another. Reading with our children rectifies much of that that. I found that reading the “Dear God Series” (Liguori Publications) by Patti Maguire Armstrong […]

Of God and Godparents
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Of God and Godparents

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Everyone loves seeing the babies baptized early Sunday morning. Some squeal with delight while others cry their eyes out as the cold Holy Water runs across their heads. I’m always curious though about who the parents chose as godparents for their child. If physical similarities matter, many seem to have chosen a sibling or two […]

Distracted
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Distracted

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“Was daddy involved with us when we were little?” she asked. “Did he want to spend time with us?” I wondered why she was soliciting these questions although I guessed it had more to do with the fathers of the families that she worked for than her own father. As a young adult woman who […]

Every Child Has a Right to Be
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Every Child Has a Right to Be

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Every child has a right to be. Every child has a right to thrive and reach their full potential, whatever that may be. Adults in their world have a responsibility to make sure every opportunity is available to them to reach their potential. But this responsibility falls primarily with their mother and father. It begins at […]

Family Graces: Joy in Parenting
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Family Graces: Joy in Parenting

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Despite the message our culture sends, marriage and parenting aren’t the frightful things they’re often made out to be. The hardships that come in family life are outweighed by true and lasting joy, when we keep the proper perspective – perspective being the key word here. Parenting isn’t easy, but it makes us into the […]

The Powerful Humility of Mothers
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The Powerful Humility of Mothers

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God gives mothers whatever good they ask for their children. Why? Because they are humble. They are living signs of humility and only the humble are filled with God. Jesus also gifts mothers with a share of His sorrows and passion to be applied to the salvation of their children. “It makes me happy to suffer for you, […]

Hang Up the Phone and Play!
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Hang Up the Phone and Play!

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It was Saturday afternoon and the sun shone brightly in the sky. After so much rain recently, my children were excited to be outside enjoying the warmth on their backs. The windows were up and I could hear them playing with the neighborhood kids. Reprinted with permission from CatholicSistas.com. Squeals of delight, shouts of “tag, you’re it!” […]

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