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

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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...]

Attachment Parenting vs. Spiritual Detachment: Two Great Things That Go Great Together.


A guest blog by More2Life Radio Contributor,  Kim Cameron-SmithAn acquaintance and I were recently chatting when the subject of parenting came up. I explained that I am an “attachment-minded parent”. He chuckled and said, “But we’re Christians.  Aren’t we supposed to be detached from created things?”  He was only joking (I think . . .), but he does raise an interesting question about the difference between the term “attachment” in developmental psychology and the term “detachment” in spiritua … [Read more...] Talks About Surviving & Thriving the First 3 Years of Parenthood

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Recently, Lisa and I sat down with Lisa Hendey of about our book Then Comes Baby: The Catholic Guide to Surviving & Thriving the First 3 Years of Parenthood. In the interview, we share some of the struggles we've been through along the way and the ways that God has led us through those challenges.  Plus, we share how parents of infants and toddlers can really celebrate those early years and use that time to create the foundation for a truly joyful, love-filled, family life. … [Read more...]

You Can Prevent Anxiety in Your Children

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New research published in the Journal of Child Development shows that the degree to which parents respond to their infants' and toddlers' needs promptly, generously, and consistently (the keys to healthy attachment) predicts how anxious their children will be in young adulthood, especially among boys and children who tend to have shy temperaments to begin with. (Read more details here).This is just the latest in a series of studies that show how responding promptly, generously, and … [Read more...]

How Healthy is YOUR Relationship with God? –TAKE THE QUIZ!

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The following quiz* is a statistically valid and reliable measure that evaluates the degree to which a person's relationship with God is healthy and secure.   Most people are surprised by the results.  How will you score? DirectionsCircle the number indicates your level of agreement from DISAGREE STRONGLY (DS) to NEUTRAL (N)  to AGREE STRONGLY (AS).  The points assigned will vary from question to question.  Don't worry about the numbers for now, just view them as place-holders that indicate … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Encourages Breastfeeding in Sistine Chapel

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This past Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord by baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel, NBC News reports. During the mass, the Catholic leader encouraged theinfants' mothers to breastfeed their babies. "You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don't worry," Pope Francis declared in his homily.According to Reuters, the written sermon used the Italian phrase for "give them milk," but during … [Read more...]

Pediatricians Revising Anti-Bed Sharing Stance: Dire Warnings “Backfired.”


According to Dr. Melissa Bartick, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the strong stance against  infant co-sleeping/bed-sharing previously taken by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control may have actually caused more infant injuries and deaths. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics is currently reviewing its safe-sleep recommendations.Dr. Bartick notes the problems with the original recommendations.the AAP’s statement from w … [Read more...]

60% of American Children Show Signs of Poor Moral/Emotional/Relational Health, New Study Says.

Research consistently shows that secure attachment is directly related to robust moral reasoning, empathy,emotional stability, and relational satisfaction.  By contrast, people with insecure attachments are more likely to be self-centered, emotionally reactive, impulsive, and dissatisfied with their relationships.   Secure attachment is essential to what people more casually refer to as an emotionally, well-adjusted child.A new study shows a dramatic drop in the number of young a … [Read more...]