A priest’s wife tells her story

Over at CNEWA, we’ve just posted online the Summer edition of our award-winning magazine, ONE. The issue features a fascinating glimpse into the life of a married Orthodox priest in suburban Chicago —who, to support his growing family, works nights at a nearby factory: As the city of Chicago prepares for bed, the Rev. Sharbel [Read More…]

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Out-of-wedlock births falling: “People are just not having the kids”

From The New York Times:  Single parenthood was on a “mysterious and alarming rise,” becoming a “huge problem,” according to a 2013 article in the Atlantic. The lawyer defending same-sex marriage bans before the Supreme Court last month argued that out-of-wedlock births were growing rapidly. But the birthrate for unmarried mothers, which had been steadily increasing since the early 1980s, [Read More…]

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Great moments in parenting: baby bottles that look like beer bottles

From The Los Angeles Times: Babies don’t drink beer, and for good reason. But if you’d like for all the parents in your Mommy & Me class to give you dirty looks — and question your sanity — you can now at least give the illusion of handing your child a baby beer bottle. Perpetual [Read More…]

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At General Audience, Pope Francis speaks of the dignity of fathers

“St. Joseph with the Infant Jesus” by Guido Reni (c. 1620) via Wikipedia From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis called on fathers to be present in the lives of their children pointing out that the absence of a ‘father figure’ can have grave consequences. Speaking on Wednesday during the weekly General Audience, the Pope continued in [Read More…]

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Must-see video: what does your child really want for Christmas?

This comes from IKEA in Spain —a wake-up call to every parent this Christmas. [Read more…]

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What’s the #1 reason teens keep their faith as adults?

It’s the family, stupid. Details:  The holy grail for helping youth remain religiously active as young adults has been at home all along: parents. Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the major influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to [Read More…]

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What we have come to: little girls dropping the f-bomb

From USA TODAY:  “What is more offensive — a little girl saying (expletive) or the (expletive) unequal and sexist way society treats girls and women?” That’s the question five little girls in princess dresses and tiaras ask in a video that is going viral and sparking controversy online both because of the R-rated content and [Read More…]

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Crescat: the big issue the bishops at the synod overlooked

This was, in her estimation, a glaring sin of omission—and I think she’s absolutely correct. What was missing?  Single parents—perhaps the most neglected demographic in the Catholic Church, and one that is only growing. As Katrina notes:  “Special attention should be given to the accompaniment of single-parent families, in a particular way to help women who [Read More…]

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Must-see video: “How to Dad,” a great new ad from Cheerios

Smart, funny and utterly winning. One blogger writes:  It is well shot and the guy playing the dad is fantastic. Also, it is funny without being condescending, and that is hard. So often, humor in commercials is at the expense of someone. These diapers are so simple even these stumbling dads can handle them! Dad can’t [Read More…]

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Most popular baby names for 2013

From the Social Security Administration, via USA TODAY, here they are: Noah ended Jacob’s 14-year reign as the top baby name for boys in 2013, while Sophia was the most popular name for girls for the third straight year, the Social Security Administration announced Friday. Jacob slipped to third; Liam was second. Among girls, Emma and Olivia ranked second [Read More…]

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