MRI Shows Breastfed Babies’ Brains Develop Better/Faster than Formula or Mixed-Fed Infants

Several weeks ago, I posted an article on how nursing facilitates the development of structures in the brain responsible for moral cognition, and a follow up article on how certain "high -touch" parenting practices (extended nursing, extravagant affection, skin-to-skin contact, "baby-wearing", prompt response to cries) facilitate the development of the social brain.  In that latter article, I walked readers through how such parenting practices facilitate moral and social development.  This l … [Read more...]

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New Study: Extravagant Affection in Infancy Leads to Healthier, Happier, More Relational & Moral Adults

From new study accepted for publication in the journal, Applied Developmental Science.Notre Dame professor of psychology Darcia Narvaez and two colleagues surveyed more than 600 adults. They asked about their childhood experiences. Darvaez was interested in things like how much affectionate touch did the adult receive as a child, how much free play, and what was family togetherness was like. What she found was, the adults who had positive childhood experiences evolved into adults with less … [Read more...]

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Breastfeeding Could Save Lives of Over 800,000 Babies & 20,000 Moms Annually

New report in the British Medical Journal The Lancet.  H/T HuffPo New research highlights the economic advantages of exclusive and continued breastfeeding in rich and poor countries alike, and the enormous cost of failing to support it writes Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General. As a young doctor working with refugees in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq, I saw how breastfed babies can prosper even under such challenging circumstances, and even when they are sick or small. So I am … [Read more...]

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HOW CAN I GET THEM TO LISTEN?!? The Secret of Cultivating Discipleship Hearts In Your Children

Every parent wants their children to listen to them, not just about the requests and directives they make, but about the faith and moral lessons they want to pass on.  But how can you get them to listen? Even more importantly, what does it take to get kids to OWN the lessons you teach them and willingly live them out in their own lives?  The key, as we reveal in Discovering God Together: The Catholic Guide to Raising Faithful Kids, is fostering a discipleship heart in your child.Forming D … [Read more...]

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Are Your Relationships “Frozen”? What Disney Can Teach Us About A Common Relationship Problem

There is a terrific article at The Science of Relationships on what Disney's Frozen can teach us about a common relationship problem and how it can negatively impact even our physical health! While the Disney animated film “Frozen” is most famous for its lovable characters and award-winning song “Let it Go”, this kids’ movie can teach us a thing or two about attachment styles in close relationships and the important interplay between partners’ preferences for intimacy versus independence. In “Fr … [Read more...]

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Protecting YOUR Family’s “Heart Health”

Your family's spirituality is the heart of your home.  Do you know how to protect and nurture it?Are you attending to your family's heart health?   Your family's spiritual well-being represents the true heart of your family, the spiritual heart that pumps joy, meaning, and connection into your life as a family and as persons.  Experts note that the degree to which your family shares a spiritual life actually predicts the degree of  satisfaction you can expect from both your family rel … [Read more...]

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Mission Possible: 5 Keys to Raising Faithful Kids

What are your chances of raising faithful kids?  Answer these 5 questions!For the Catholic parent, there is no more important task than communicating our faith to our children. That doesn't just mean teaching our kids Catholic prayers and rituals. It means teaching them how to have a meaningful and personal relationship with God. How to think and act morally. How to love rightly and intimately. How to celebrate and live life as the gift that it is meant to be. And, ultimately, how to be … [Read more...]

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Mother or Martyr? 3 Steps to Beating “Perfect Mommy Syndrome”

I regularly read blog posts from really great moms who tell some pretty disturbing stories of the things they put themselves through to try to attend to their children. All of the stories tend to follow the "I thought the only way to be a good mom was to do X, Y, and Z until I made myself sick because some expert/my friends/my mom group/some blog told me I had to do it that way and it almost destroyed my life and my relationships"  narrative.Inevitably, these posts end with the blogger … [Read more...]

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