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

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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

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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

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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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