Raising Children Who Care

empathy

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

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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

Charisse's daughter ready for school!

“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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Teens: Signs of Healthy Independence

Aidan at encampment graduation

This summer my teenager, Aidan (almost sixteen years old), has spent a lot of time away from home at two different camps. He struggled with self-doubt before these excursions, wondering if he could handle being away from home. Now, let me tell you, the part of me that wants to tuck my babies away in my pocket and keep them safe and close for the
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Oh, Boy!

Henry

I sent my three oldest children off to school today, and I found myself at home with my toddler and my three-year-old. My inquisitive, fearless three-year-old. Henry. Henry is the kid who pulled out his own feeding tube as a premie in the NICU. Henry is the kid who could unscrew light bulbs and open “child proof” medicine bottles as a toddler. Henry is the
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Discovering the Fountain of Youth (through Mothering!)

"Mother and Children" Friedrich von Amerling

Advertisers have tapped into a universal craving to stop the relentless ravages of time in the human body by pushing countless gimmicks to keep us youthful. These products may sometimes keep us healthy, but the secret fountain of youth is not a thing to buy but rather an attitude, an inner way of living in Christ. Youth is not found in a bottle of vitamins
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Spanking the Brains Out of Our Kids

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I’m so glad that this article over at CNN about how “harsh corporal punishment” actually changes a child’s brain has received lots of attention this week.  We’re not just talking about “you are scaring me” kind of brain changes, but spanking actually affects the amount of gray matter a child has in her brain! The article highlights: Reviews research which shows that spanking or other forms
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Don’t Be Misled by “Parents” Magazine: The Cry It Out Sleep Training Method Can Hurt Your Baby

sleepless babe

Dr. Darcia Narvaez over at Psychology Today has alerted parents to the goofy thinking behind a recent article in Parents magazine in which an author encouraged parents to let their babies cry themselves to sleep. The author of the Parents article said parents should rest assured that letting a baby cry herself to sleep won’t harm the baby, and that “whatever sleep training method feels best to you
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Our Home: A Flexible Tabernacle

"A Happy Family" by Eugenio Eduardo Zampighi

“The image God gave me of Christian family was a triangle of light with strong bars of light flowing from the heart of the mother and father at the base and up to God at the top of the pinnacle, with the children protected in the middle of the triangle.” My husband and I discovered how to build relationships with our children and encourage their
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ICP Links

ICP

I’ve just posted some links to great articles and resources for gentle Catholic parents over at our sister site, Intentional Catholic Parenting.  Lots of awesome stuff, including a fascinating article on tiger mothering and another one on why kids with warm relationships with their parents make better friends.  

How to Be a Prayer Warrior While Fighting the Battle of Parenthood

Saint Michael

“Only God Himself can enlighten a heart charred by the       fire-breathing dragons of this world.” “Here there be dragons” is a phrase found on some medieval maps to describe dangerous or uncharted territory, sometimes accompanied by a picture of a dragon, sea serpent, or other mythological creature. While our modern day physical world is well mapped out, our society faces other  dragons that seem to
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