There Goes My Baby Part 2: How to Cope When Your Child Leaves for School

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It’s inevitable. Our children are going to grow up. In a previous post, I shared my own mixed (okay, pretty sad) feelings about my oldest son starting kindergarten in just a few weeks. And, although he’s ready for it, I’m not so sure I am. Perhaps you’re going through something similar. Maybe your youngest is ready to start kindergarten in homeschooling and you’ve just realized
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There Goes My Baby Part 1: Sending My Son to School

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  I always knew there’d come a day when my son would be ready for something that I am not. Like all parents and their children, he and I have been through a lot of firsts together. I’ve witnessed and guided his transition from infant to toddler to preschooler, from a nursing baby to a boy who devours everything in the fridge, from a Sesame
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A Book To Help You Get Your Kids To Heaven!


  Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak’s new book, Discovering God Together: The Catholic Guide to Raising Faithful Kids will make you feel like it’s possible to guide your kids to heaven. The Popcaks begin their book with the question, “How do we share our faith in a way that will make sense to our kids and stick with them for a lifetime?” The rest of
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Dealing with Disobedience

I’ve posted some great links over on our sister site, Intentional Catholic Parenting, all about handling DISOBEDIENCE!  Check it out!

Educational Options: How Your Catholic Faith Can Help You Discern the Right Choice for Your Child

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  Editor’s note:  In case you are staring at the start of the school year and feeling anxious about it, here is a re-print of Michaelyn’s wonderful article on school options which she wrote for the spring 2014 issue of Tender Tidings magazine. My mother always said I wanted to be in two places at once. Every time I had to choose between two (or,
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Pre-Natal Memories

Sleepy Baby Mary Cassatt

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you.” — Jeremiah 1:5 The day Ruth turned two, her godmother dropped by to celebrate her birthday. Since Ruth was articulate for her age, her godmother wanted to try an experiment she had about read in a hospital newsletter. The article stated that if you asked a young child,
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Helping Your Child Gain Emotional Control


Every parent at some point grapples with a child who “loses it”:  she uses negative behavior like tantrums, hitting, spitting, etc. in order to deal with her overwhelming feelings of anger or frustration. But every child also has the potential to attain emotional control over time as they mature. How does that happen though? Is there anything we can do to help her along?  Sometimes we can
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What’s Your Communication Style?


I heard Bill Sandoval on his Catholic radio show last week describe The Five Communication Styles, a concept explored through the work of psychologist Claire Newton.  Recognizing these styles and how we tend to communicate can help us become more effective communicators with our spouse and kids, and help us guide own kids in developing more effective communication skills, especially when dealing with difficult people. Here are the 5
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That One’s Mine

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She sat with her head bowed, as if in peaceful contemplation of the hand she held. Her fingers ran up and down his arm, across the back of his hand, and over his knuckles. Up, down. Across, over. Up, down. Across, over. A physical Morse code that willed her fuzzy mind to remember. He said he didn’t think she knew who he was. And, indeed,
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National NFP Awareness Week July 19-25


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is reminding us that this is National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week!: God designed marriage as an “intimate partnership of life and love” (see Gaudium et spes, no. 48). In God’s design, marriage is a unique union of one man with one woman “for the whole of life” (see Canon 1055, The Code of Canon Law). Marriage is oriented to
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The Care and Keeping of YOU


This summer I’ve made a special effort to keep our family schedule light, because I have learned the hard way that jam-packed days leave my kids grumpy and me drained.  But even with our open calendar, I am finding myself over-doing things: clearing out our homeschool room, repainting the house, hosting play dates, helping a son cope with chronic migraines, and going to Radio Shack with
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How to Survive Teen Drama with Grace

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Teenagers.  I am living proof it is possible to actually enjoy those annoying, hormonal, child/adult hybrids who have taken your phone, tv., computer and fridge hostage. One of my sons, in his early teens, had just announced he could not stand living under our roof another minute, “I’m out of here!,” he bellowed, “and don’t expect me to come back!” The door slammed and he tore
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