Escaping the Blame Game: 5 Steps to Reclaiming Your Power

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When things go wrong, we love having someone to blame.  It's a seductive game that makes us think that blaming others will give us control, but in reality, as long as we play the blame game--whether serving or being served--we have no power to change anything.  We may manage to convince ourselves that nothing is our fault, but it also means that we won't be able to do anything to respond to our problems because taking action would be akin to taking back the blame."Who?  Me?"Blame is an ea … [Read more...]

Losing My Religion: Why People Are REALLY Leaving the Church (It’s not what you think.)

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A new report from Pew Research shows that religion is losing ground as more people drop out of church.  According to the report....The shrinking numbers of Christians and their loss of market share is the most significant change since 2007 (when Pew did its first U.S. Religious Landscape survey) and the new, equally massive survey of 35,000 U.S. adults.The percentage of people who describe themselves as Christians fell about 8 points — from 78.4% to 70.6%. This includes people in vi … [Read more...]

5 Ways Catholic Families Stand Out–Does YOUR Family Do These Things?

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In anticipation of my wife and I speaking at the upcoming World Meeting of Families, I'll be contributing a monthly feature at the Our Sunday Visitor Daily Take.  Here is my first installment that looks at 5 ways Catholic families are called to be different from other families.Are Catholic families supposed to be different? What would that difference look like? The Church has been considering these questions in earnest, especially in light of the upcoming World Meeting of Families and the 2 … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

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...]


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