Catholic DVDs for kids

My son Bean's birthday is coming up in August, and family members are wanting birthday gift requests.The best move we made for Bella's recent birthday was to request some Catholic DVDs for kids. She spends 100% of her life in some costume or character outfit (loosely construed) and taking on the personality of the particular character. "Bernadette: The Princess of Lourdes" and "The Day the Sun Danced: The True Story of Fatima" by CCC of America, two of her birthday gifts, have brought about a … [Read more...]

College Choices–good and bad

What was this young, impressionable lad thinking? How dare he pass up the orange and black for... ahem, crimson? ;) … [Read more...]

Organic Living

Before I begin, I want to remind our new readers that I am a self-proclaimed granola, or “crunchy” mom. I realize that not everyone takes these issues as seriously as I do, and that’s ok. It is not my intent to be self-righteous in this post, but only to discuss some of my recent thoughts on organic living… I recently returned from a trip to upstate/western NY, where I visited my sister and her family in their small rural town. My sister and her husband are real granolas, and they take the a … [Read more...]

The Sleepless Generation

Check out this interesting article, The Sleepless Generation, on the importance of good sleep habits in children. While I don't agree with everything, I think the author hits the nail on the head in that many of our children are just overtired, and so are the parents.h/t Danielle Bean for the link … [Read more...]

Does it get any better than this?

Tonight after dinner, I had a good natural consequences/learning moment with my 6 year old son, who came down from his shower and told me that he had made a poor choice, that he would eat his squash because he was sorry now that the he had watched the others eat cupcakes. He had tears in his eyes and I looked at him calmly and said, I know how hard this is. I have put your cupcake in the fridge, and you can try again with your vegetables tomorrow, but for tonight the kitchen is closed. Shall we … [Read more...]

Overheard

How can a sweet little boy like this be anyone's worst nightmare?Apparently, it's more common than I wish to believe. In taking Gianna to one of her activities today, I overheard two mothers say this:Mom #1 "My friend just found out she was pregnant. She has an 18 month old and a 4 year old and now this. It was a total accident. Isn't that awful!"Mom #2 "That is my worst nightmare!"Both moms look in my direction to include me in this conversation.My response: a deep sense of sadness, and … [Read more...]

Theology of the Body for Pre-Schoolers

Help! I have a 3.5 yr. old daughter asking me questions with which I am not equipped to deal.Basically it all centers around modesty, or her lack thereof. My struggle with raising my children is that I am trying to strike a balance between 1) teaching them to embrace the beauty and function of the human body as God designed it and 2) imbuing them with an understanding of the virtue of modesty. I started by teaching a two year old the anatomically correct nouns for the human genitalia. Now, I am … [Read more...]

Happy Father’s Day!

To all the dads, grandfathers, godfathers (etc.!) out there, Happy Father's Day!!And a warm welcome to Awol Mommy, our newest Builder!  She is a fellow Princeton alum, former Army Military Intelligence Officer, wonderfully supportive Army wife, and supermom to two cherubs, 3-years and 5-months!  We are thrilled to welcome her here at Building Cathedrals!   … [Read more...]

Bringing Up Boys

It has now been a few weeks since I finished Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson, but I must say, his words have surely resonated in my head a few times since then, compelling to me to mother my two beloved boys in a certain way.  It was a fantastic read and one I feel is worth digesting, especially for parents and grandparents of little boys!  Dobson lays out a clear, conservative message in his book.  Boys will be boys, and there aren't two ways about it!  His initial chapters outline the biol … [Read more...]

Getting My Ducks in a Row–Nesting and Stroller Advice

I am the type of person that is always "nesting" even without a baby getting ready to make his appearance. Baby on the horizon only increases this compulsion. We purchased another baby monitor, located the infant car seat and co-sleeper and I made my husband go through his clothes this weekend. If I'm not laying down on my left side, something is being organized.We finally completed our wills this week and had them notarized at Daddy's office (what is it about long office hallways that invite … [Read more...]


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