Considering Halloween

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This week on CAPC I’ve asked some of our staff writers to contribute their thoughts about Halloween — and by extension All Saints and All Souls Day. Many Catholic parents are torn about Halloween.  Should we participate? Is Halloween intrinsically evil? What’s with the ghosts and witches? Where does all this stuff come from?  All week I’ll be posting CAPC staff’s contributions and responses to these questions. Personally, I
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Bully-Proof Your Child: What Every Parent Needs to Know


When some of us were growing up, bullying was considered a normal part of childhood; kids were left to sort things out themselves. Now we know that repeated bullying is damaging to a child’s psychological well-being and can have long-term effects on the brain. You probably can’t completely bully-proof your child, but I talked with Greg and Lisa Popcak on their radio program More2Life yesterday
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The Rosary Box

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Editor’s Note: As it’s the Month of the Holy Rosary, please enjoy this repost of a wonderful idea presented by Marcia last year: The Rosary Box. LOVE this! Four years ago, when I had four children aged 10, 7, 5 and 2, I realized we didn’t have a good handle on the mysteries of the Rosary.  My husband, having grown up in a Catholic family
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Hanging by My Fingernails


Before I had the courage to let go of my whole way of living, two inner images rose up in my mind as symbols of my controlling behavior. When my family was still young and I had only seven children from twelve-years-old down to a newborn, I earnestly strove to raise the best children I could. Yet all my effort was actually hindering their development because my
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What Does It Mean to Be Free and Brave? Reflections on Pope Francis’ Speech Before the US Congress

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Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress today and amidst his profound and sensitive reflections were these words about the state of the family in the United States: How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement!  Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before,
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Tender Tidings FALL 2015: NOW AVAILABLE

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FREE PARENTING MAGAZINE for Catholic parents!  Tender Tidings Fall 2015 now available! In this issue: *Family-centered fitness: body and soul *Dr. Greg explains how to answer your kids’ questions about gay “marriage” *Benedictine wisdom for your family *healthy, homemade snacks for busy kids

Transitioning Your Co-Sleeping Child to Her Own Bed (It IS Possible!)

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It happened so suddenly. We’d been talking about it for awhile, but yesterday, my husband took action. He emptied our older daughter’s bedroom. We organized, we tossed, we scrubbed, and we mopped. And, then, there it was. A sparkling clean bedroom with two twin beds with coordinating pink and purple comforters. Two beds just close enough for late-night sisterly confidences, yet far enough apart to
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CAPC now on Pinterest. WHEW.

Now one more way to get the latest on gentle Catholic parenting. For all you pin-loving mamas out there, CAPC is now on Pinterest.

10 Quick Tips for Parenting a Maniacal Toddler


Ok, that title was meant as a joke. But only a little bit. If you have a toddler who is going through a phase of testing behavior and frequent tantrums, it’s not so funny. It can feel desperate, impossible, and disastrous. Here are some of the things I’ve learned from making it through to the “other side” of this phase of parenting a strong-willed, spirited
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Dealing with Discouragement

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“Discouragement can feel like such a powerful emotion. It robs us of our peace, makes us question the plan God has for us, and tempts us to despair. But in reality, it has no power. When we call it what it is, the work of the one who wants to see us fail, it is so much easier to see it as what it is: 
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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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