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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Summer Fun: Family Volunteerism

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With summer upon us, perhaps our families are looking for meaningful ways to spend our time together. Why not commit some time to volunteering as a family? I addressed this topic recently on Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak’s radio program More2Life, which is produced by Ave Maria Radio.  You can listen to the program here: My segment begins twenty minutes into the show, but the
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Connecting Spirit to Spirit with Infants

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“Contemplation is learned at the mother’s breast.”  St. Bonaventure   I was delighted to discover that it is possible to connect with an infant, not simply with their heart but with their spirit as well. It is a gift to connect with a newborn, knowing that they know, that I know, that they are not idiots but vibrant souls who are in communion with God.
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Tender Tidings Summer 2014 NOW AVAILABLE!

TT summer 14

We posted our summer issue a few days ago only discover the flipbook wasn’t working!  Think we worked out the bugs! Here it is: your free issue of Tender Tidings.  Don’t miss it and please pass it on to your friends! In this issue: FAMILY GAMES (playing our favorite childhood games with our kids, how real parents play games with their kids, and why play
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Ten Years

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Ten years. I’ve been a mom for ten years. I keep repeating that fact to myself, as if I’ve reached some magical milestone filled with wisdom and maturity. But instead of wisdom bursting forth in triumphant glory like so many flowers in spring, I feel a bit of all of the seasons vying for space in my heart. The revelation that loving my children is
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