The Art of Table Talk (with Kids)

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“Too often we have a hard time with real dialogue, because we aren’t really very interested in what the other person is saying or who they are. We’re waiting for them shut up so we can get our point in.” With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this is perhaps a good time to review the art of making conversation at the dinner table.  I talked
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Have Yourself a Simple Little Christmas


I’m going to do it this year. I’m going to find one evening during Advent to sit on the couch with my husband and sip a mug of hot cocoa while watching It’s a Wonderful Life from start to finish. I say it every year. I’m going to find time to savor the season, deepen my prayer life, nurture my family’s faith, and prepare our
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Giving Children the Gift of Gratitude


A version of this article appeared originally in Tender Tidings Fall 2012. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this is a great time to share with our children the importance of gratitude. Thanksgiving, after all, is about far more than turkeys and pumpkin pie. It’s about offering thanks to God for his unfailing bounty and protection, especially in our time of need. So, how do we pass
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Links for Intentional Catholic Parents

Over on our sister site, Intentional Catholic Parenting, I just posted some links to great articles that can help us parent more intentionally, including two articles on Halloween. Should Catholics allow their children to trick-or-treat? Also, don’t miss the link to Gwen Dewar’s article on pregnancy brain.

Carry On!

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Michaelyn updates us on what’s available in the world of baby carriers. The first time I “wore” my infant son, I was desperate. He wouldn’t sleep anywhere – except on me. I loved the cuddling, but resented feeling so stuck. I couldn’t get dishes done, couldn’t change or fold laundry, and really couldn’t do much of anything very easily. I should have relished my forced
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Raising Children Is Not a Default Chore

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“Raising children is not a default chore for women who failed in the world of power and wealth.” I am about to tell you something which goes against what your education has taught you to think and do.  Since preschool, adults have pushed you to excel, to rise above your peers.  My generation has groomed you for success, to get into the best universities and
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A Thinking Prayer

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This year marks the 800th anniversary of Our Lady’s gift of the Rosary to St. Dominic. That’s 800 years of miracles, hearts softened, and prayers answered through the intercession of our Blessed Mother. The Rosary is a powerful prayer. Mary is a powerful woman. While great wars have been stopped and lives have been saved due to devotion to the Rosary, what I find most
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ICP Wednesday Links


Just posted some new links/resources over at our sister site, Intentional Catholic Parenting, for all of you intentional, gentle, and attachment-minded Catholic parents.

Raising Children Who Care


How quickly do you pick up on the emotional cues of those around you?  Are you capable of understanding the perspective of another person — their feelings, thoughts, and experiences — even if they are different from you in their appearance, beliefs, and social status?  If you answered yes to these questions, then you possess empathy, the God-given gift we humans use to really know another person.
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The Great Disconnect


Our society really does not spend time preparing hapless adults to parent. Children — especially babies — are  little and vulnerable, vulnerable to the large, often clueless adults who care for them. Put yourself in a baby’s situation. Preverbal for years, it must be frustrating to be tired or in pain, only to have a bottle thrust into your mouth or have a tense, upset
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Tender Tidings Fall 2014: NOW AVAILABLE

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The Fall 2014 issue of Tender Tidings, our FREE parenting magazine, is now available! Click here or on the flipbook icon below.  (If you’d prefer a PDF, you can download it from the link or the flipbook.) In this issue: Hospitality:  Making a House a Home Marriage: Does your spouse feel like a priority in your life? Balance:  Simplifying our homes and our calendars Dr. Greg answers
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Kindergarten Blues

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“Sometimes attachment parenting means being willing to mourn with our children while gently nudging them along the path God has laid for them.” I’ll never forget how it felt to become a mother for the first time: joy, elation, amazement at the strength of my own body, and complete awe for the vulnerable, adorable, and demanding little person that I cradled in my arms. It
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