A few weeks ago, I had a query from a mom who reads our site regularly. Colleen’s note read in part: My daughter is 10 and too old for the children’s bibles and too young for the
I knew this day would come. Of course. Any teenage girl will want to go to the mall and hang out with friends. I get it, I was once young and carefree like my Thinker is. But,
When my first two kids were in kindergarten and second grade, they stopped playing together. They started fighting over anything and everything. My mommy heart missed that beautiful creative play that they had shared as toddlers, playing
The emptying nest. I have dreaded this era of my life since June 2, 1993. It was the day I became the mother of my lovely 19 year old daughter Gabriela Maria. My mother had often repeated
Recently I had the opportunity to interview Peter Srsich and his mother Laura. During his senior year of high school, Peter was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma—a blood cancer that required weeks of painful chemo and radiation treatments.
When my mother had her first child my grandmother visited her in the hospital and gave her a wooden spanking paddle. “Some day you will need this,” she told my mother. I heard my mother tell this
The scenario is familiar to everyone working in parish ministry–8th Grade religious education apathy. When they’re young, they are so full of natural desire for religion. In 3rd Grade, their eyes light up when talking about God.
Today, I had an interesting conversation with a high school theology teacher. We talked about teens’ tendency to distance themselves from the Church and how difficult it is to sell them on the idea of organized religion.
I used to gloat that my four-year-old would eat salad, but now I have a three-year-old that refuses anything green and is seriously challenging my best pediatric dietary practices. My four kids, now one, three, six and
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 marks the 22nd year of See You at the Pole (SYATP). So, what is SYATP and why should your kids be there? What is SYATP? SYATP is a grassroots movement started in 1990
Editor’s note: Wow, I want to personally thank Dr. Kathleen for sharing this well-reasoned article on “What NOT to Buy for Your Baby” — this will save me a lot of grief and money when planning for
Should Catholic parents own a gun? We dedicate our lives to teaching our children to love one another as God has loved us. We teach the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” We try to model non-violent conflict
Impress the commandments on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.– Deuteronomy 6:7. A ride-along is when a
It was a Sunday morning, when my daughter informed me that she would like to attend later afternoon Mass with her two friends from her school. Naturally, as a Catholic mom, I was very happy at the
Truly, dogs are part of the glory of God’s creation. They are “man’s best friend” when everyone else is gone and Jesus seems far away. But what is the best role of a dog in a family?