The Problem with Over-Praising Your Child

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How dare I throw cold water on praise? Doesn’t every loving, caring parent praise her child? Yes!  And for the most part, praise is great for kids but overpraising (constant, exaggerated praise even for small efforts) can have unexpected negative consequences on our child’s well-being. Let me say right up front, every parent probably over-praises on occasion (including yours truly), so if you have this habit,
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Feeding the Kids with My Eyes Closed (and Other Reasons to Love Co-Sleeping)

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Not long after my first child was born, I found myself in a discussion with another new mom about how (not so) well our babies were sleeping. Really, what else do new mothers talk about? It was inevitable that the topic would come up. What wasn’t so obvious to me – though perhaps it should have been – was the discouragement I’d be met with
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All Dress-Shopping Fathers Go to Heaven

My husband and I learned how to depend on Divine Providence to meet out kid’s needs, especially our fashion-conscious teenage girls because we had nine children and little extra cash. With the grace of God, we lived through scores of tragic-comic dramas as my saintly husband, Michael, shopped with our  six daughters. Since I was at home with a crew of little ones, dad was
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The Little Way of Lunches and Laundry

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“The world lies to us so readily, telling us that the work of God is outside our homes. That the Lord’s work is gloriously big and newsworthy. That to find those who need us, we must look elsewhere. But, the reality is that the work of God begins inside our homes, for those who need us most are those we share our homes with. Because
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When Your Two-Year-Old Crawls Like a Dog Down the Communion Aisle (and Other Pathways to Holiness)

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Christmas Eve Mass was a disaster this year. At least it seemed that way. With my husband and two oldest children involved with the music at Mass, I was left on my own to manage a six-year-old, four-year-old, and two-year-old. I should have known that things would get messy when, upon pulling into the church parking lot, my two-year-old promptly got out of the van
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The 12 Days of Christmas (Catholic Style!)

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Happy Christmastide! Did you know the “Christmas season” for Catholics is not the weeks prior to Christmas (as advertisements would have us believe) ending on Christmas Day? Nope, we’re just getting started with the celebration! Christmas Season in the Church begins on Christmas Day and lasts for 40 days, ending on February 2 (“Candlemas”). “Christmastide” is the 12 days following Christmas, including the Solemnity of
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TENDER TIDINGS Winter 2015 Now Available! Free!

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The winter issue of our beautiful, free magazine, Tender Tidings, is now available! Our topic: grandparents!

The Mom and the Sacristan: A Lesson in Mercy

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I’m in the narthex of the church again, trying to pay attention to Mass while G stumbles around stacking and unstacking the brochures on the display table. Pretty much the same place I am every Sunday, at one point or another. I’m cool with it. But this Sunday, about 20 minutes into Mass (yeah, we didn’t make it that long in the pew this week.
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Live Like a Saint: Saint Nicholas!

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Note from the editor: Charisse put together this lovely spread for our winter issue of Tender Tidings, but we are still putting together the issue and St. Nicholas’ feast day is on Sunday. So we wanted to release her spread here so you would have time to use her ideas. God bless! St. Nicholas, the patron and protector of children, is known for his generous
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What Adolescents Want (and How Attachment Parenting Gives It to Them)

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My 11-year-old always seems to be hanging around lately. Peering over my shoulder as I pay the bills, following me around as I search for a quiet room to sneak in a few minutes of prayer, and shuffling around the corner with a bored, middle school expression on his face right in the middle of a good conversation with my husband. This is a kid
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Grateful Parent, Happy Parent

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“When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmastime. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?” — G.K. Chesterton All parents want to be happy and God wants that for us, too.  There are obstacles to our happiness, though.  We can fall into the trap of believing that once our baby sleeps through the night
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It’s Okay to “Just” Be a Mom

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Every so often, it seems I am compelled to test my limits–to see how much I can cram into my schedule before I break. And, before I know it, I’m a harried mess, wondering why my household, and my mind, are falling apart. As moms, we feel so much pressure. And not just from the local news anchor who’s back on the job after six
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