Helping Your Kids Deal with Anger

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Parents often struggle to deal effectively with their children's anger.  We either tend to respond by coddling them when they tantrum or shutting them down.  Of course, neither response is effective and both responses tend to produce angrier more impulsive kids.Of course, an important part of raising moral, loving, faithful kids is teaching our children to manage all of their emotional reactions in more godly, appropriate ways.  In Parenting with Grace and Then Comes Baby, we offer a ton of s … [Read more...]

Children Raised by Gay Parents WORSE OFF Than Other Kids, New Major Study Shows.

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From Mercator.net via the British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioral Science.Fresh research has just tossed a grenade into the incendiary issue of same-sex parenting. Writing in the British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, a peer-reviewed journal, American sociologist Paul Sullins concludes that children’s “Emotional problems [are] over twice as prevalent for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents”.He says confid … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Spanking: 4 Things to Consider

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People know that, as a Catholic Parenting author and family therapist, I encourage parents to eschew corporal punishment in favor of more effective methods discipline that are more respectful of the dignity of the parent and the child.   As a result, I've been getting emails all week from people about Pope Francis' recent comments which are being touted in the press as a ringing endorsement of spanking.  Before we all get our wimples in a knot, here are a few things to keep in mind.1.  What d … [Read more...]

Pope Francis says many children are, “Orphans within the family.”

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In his general audience, Pope Francis is asserting the importance of family life, repeating his exhortation to parents, and particularly fathers, to "waste time with your children."  One even more remarkable statement he made was that too many children are "orphans within the family."From Zenit "Even as bishop of Buenos Aires," the Pope recalled, "I warned of this sense of orphan-hood that children live today. And I regularly asked fathers if they played with their children; if they had the … [Read more...]

Update from the Hutch: Pope Francis Praises Large Families

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For all the cyber sturm und drang yesterday surrounding Pope Francis comment that Catholics don't have to reproduce like rabbits to be faithful to the Church, many people forget that only a couple of short weeks before,(yes, I know, a millennium in the news cycle), at the meeting of the National Association of Large Families, Pope Francis said some very supportive things about parents who are heroically generous in the service of life. The presence of large families is a hope for … [Read more...]

Spying or Parenting? How Much CAN You Check Up On Your Kids–And How?

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CNN posted an article today asking if it's OK to "spy" on your kids' texts and posts to social media.I've heard this question before and it always strikes me as odd.  Generally speaking, I agree with the parent in the article who said, "It isn't spying.  It's parenting."  But more than that, I think that we need to cultivate the kind of relationships in our families that make talking about and sharing our lives a natural thing.  As a parent, why would I assume that my kid--even my tee … [Read more...]

Holiday Survival Guide: 5 Great Ideas for Coping with Your Crazy Family

Ah, Christmas. A solemn, joyful time of year for Christians, where silent and holy nights are de rigueur and Norman Rockwell springs eternal in the collective unconscious of the American mind.  And then it happens…. You try–contrary to what conventional wisdom says about the subject–to go home again. Now, let me state right up front that this article is not for those of you who can’t wait to fly home and reenact your own Currier and Ives Christmas in all your old haunts with all your cherished f … [Read more...]

What Douthat & Martin Miss: Reflections on the Ongoing Synod Discussion

NYT columnist, Ross Douthat,  and America Editor-at-Large, Fr. Jim Martin, are having a very interesting conversation about the fallout from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.  I applaud them on their civility, but I do think they are missing some important points.So Who Asked You, Anyway?Although they haven't asked my opinion, I did want to offer a few thoughts because as a full-time marriage and family minister who has written more than 20 books promoting the Catholic vision of m … [Read more...]


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