Giveaway: "Parenting with the Beatitudes"


Did you ever think of the Beatitudes as parenting advice? I’ve been a mom for more than 27 years, and this never crossed my mind. But Jeannie and Ben Ewing make a great case for viewing the Beatitudes not only as a guide for living, but as a model for parenting in their new book, Parenting with the Beatitudes: Eight Holy Habits for Daily Living (TAN Books).

The Beatitudes are holy habits. (Mind. Blown.) In this book, you’ll learn how fostering those holy habits in yourself and your children will help your whole family grow in virtue.

This parenting book is not for moms only. Jeannie and Ben take turns sharing their own stories, reflections, and impressions of each beatitude and how it can inform our parenting. Jeannie discusses how the Blessed Mother displayed the virtues behind particular beatitudes; in his section of each chapter, Ben recounts the way in which St. Joseph lived out those same virtues.

Each chapter also includes an action plan for living the beatitudes and corresponding virtues while parenting children in three age groups: toddlers and preschoolers, elementary age, and adolescence. Rounding out the chapter are saint profiles and a concluding prayer. Only one of these saints was ever a parent, but Blessed Solanus Casey, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and St. John Paul II can — and do — inspire parents with their holy examples.

Enter below to win your copy of Parenting with the Beatitudes! We’ll choose 3 winners in the USA at random from among all entries in the comments box below. Contest ends Monday, June 3, at 11:59 PM Eastern. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim the prize. If a prize is unclaimed, an alternate winner will be chosen.

To enter, leave a comment answering this question: What saint is your patron saint for parenting?

It can be a saint mentioned in the Ewings’ book, or someone else. Tell us about your parenting patron saint!

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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


  1. Michele Baker on

    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is my patron saint for parenting. I admire how she stayed strong and trusted in God after her husband’s death. She is certainly a wonderful example of a faithful mother.

  2. Stacey Irvine on

    I’m a fan of Mother Mary. She is the prime example to lead with patience and understanding and trust in the Father for all things.

  3. Taylor Alberski on

    St. Teresa of Calcutta is my patron saint for parenting and life in general. I constantly remind myself that all of the small things I do for my children and family are things that I am doing out of love. The more love I put into things like doing the dishes, folding endless piles of laundry, reading the same bedtime stories five times, etc. the more love I have in my life.

  4. Kathleen MacEllis on

    St. Rita because keeping her children faithful to the Catholic Church meant so much to her that she prayed that they should die rather than turn away from their Faith. She saw that they were turning toward a violent way of life . They died from the plague before they lost the Faith.

  5. Mary and Joseph are my patron saints for parenting! Mary is the example of the perfect mother, and since we are also foster parents, I often look to Joseph since he was a foster father.

  6. Mary and Joseph were chosen as our patron saints at Confirmation. Thus it is still fitting that we pray to them for guidance and help in parenting.

  7. St.Joseph is my patron Saint for parenting. He was so strong and steadfast. “No man left behind” so to speak is how he makes me
    feel 🙂 We can do this together with the Lord.

  8. St. John Bosco is my patron saint in parenting. He was such a believer in positive motivation and discipling.

  9. St. Ann and the Blessed Virgin Mary. I try to think of how they would handle a problem or ask them to intercede for me.

  10. Mary. I try to have patience like her and pray for guidance when parenting my little ones.

  11. Anne in NC on

    St. Gianna, for help with work-family balance and for healing anytime one of us gets sick.

  12. St Francis of Assisi—helping us make sure we keep focused on the creation around us instead of the materialism.

  13. Fiona Samson on

    St Therese of the little flower is my patron saint for parenting. I think her little way really captured the spirit of parenting small children

  14. Mary, Mother of God is my patron for parenting. She is a wonderful example of overwhelming patience and love.

  15. Gretchen C on

    Our Blessed Mother is my patron saint for parenting. As a mother herself, she understands my struggles and is there to guide me toward my ultimate goal—raising saints!

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