The USCCB has a great website devoted to the Holy Father’s visit to the United States next week. There is a “Teaching Resources” section that has lesson plan ideas by grade. Just in case anyone is interested! Dash always gets so excited to see the Pope on TV. There is also a new blog called First Heralds to check out about teaching toddlers about the Catholic faith. Read more

Alright, I’m going to take the parenting philosophy discussion to the next level. While I like the basic premise of Danielle Bean and others that we should all “do what works for our family,” I’m going to dare to say that the full-blown AP approach is actually harmful to families and should not be practiced by good Catholic parents. (Gasp!) Before I proceed, please allow me to emphasize that I do not speak on behalf of the other builders or… Read more

For those of you who have been tracking with us for a little while, you may remember my woes with our beloved three-year-old, “M”, just weeks ago. I had been pushed beyond my motherly threshold with his frustrating defiance and stubborn resistance. In return, you all offered gracious advice and reassurance, to which I clung during the woeful hours. Thank you again for passing along your wisdom.And as in all things with motherhood, I’m here to report change. Wonderful change…. Read more

Rather than hash out which way is The One True Holy Catholic and Apostolic Parenting Philosophy (I think it takes about 2 minutes of motherhood to convince any sensible woman that there’s no One True Way for every family), maybe we can do it this way… what is your parenting philosophy and why does it work great for you?Personally I lean heavily toward routines, and I was this way from the beginning. My epiphany came, as most of my epiphanies… Read more

Many of you are aware of cord blood banking as decision parents can make following the birth of a child. Umbilical cord blood, containing rich stem cells, is stored for a fee, almost as a form of future health insurance in the case a family member should develop an illness treatable by stem cells.I found the following list of pros/cons (taken from the BabyCenter website) regarding cord blood banking to be very informative and wanted to pass it on. We… Read more

During this first year of “real” homeschooling I have been blessed with several resources that have really helped me to maintain a (more or less) cheerful attitude with my children. One has been a place called Orly’s Treehouse, where there is a children’s playcenter attached to a gym and salon. Since February, I have been going there for weekly manicures, and I have to say it is $12 extremely well spent, as I come out feeling refreshed and ready to… Read more

I am singing praises from afar for the new lungs received today by a woman with Cystic Fibrosis! Her husband has been blogging about their journey from the early stages, one complete with a miraculous pro-life twist! They would so appreciate the prayers of any and all… Read more

Our little man is almost 4, and he absolutely LOVES getting the attention of older kids, especially older girls! He’ll do just about anything that he can think of to impress the ladies – showing off his ability to hop on one foot, saying in a very loud, commanding voice, “I’m so strong that I can lift a chair” or “I have very sensitive eyes, like a cat,” or flexing his little arms and saying, “Look at my muscles, grrr!”… Read more

I know at least some of our readers were amused by my attempt to “rickroll” our audience. Rickrolling has truly taken off, and I thought some of you might find this amusing:On April 1, 2008 (April Fool’s Day), all YouTube Featured Videos hyperlinked to the Rickroll. The prank began with international YouTube portals before affecting the main site. In addition, LiveJournal announced on the same day that they would be adding a new member to their Advisory Board, linking members… Read more

We have spoken recently about trouble with 3 year old boys, and mine is giving me fits! This morning I was on my own (with five kids) for Mass, and my little boy made me so angry that I, well, got angry. Getting angry in church gives me a feeling of frustration and guilt which sometimes makes me even more angry, either at the child or, for some reason, at the Church, God or the Priest. This is usually followed… Read more

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