New Major Study of 160,000 Children Finds Spanking Causes Similar Harm As Abuse.

Children need solid discipline, consistent expectations, and solid structure, but there are many better ways to accomplish these ends than corporal punishment.  A new study examining 50 years of data derived from observations of 16,000 kids finds that spanking (defined as striking a child with an open hand) and abuse are not  substantively different phenomena but rather cause similar problems with child behavior and well-being.  According to the study...--- The more children are spanked, th … [Read more...]

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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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Parenting Style Most Significant Factor Predicting Support for Trump, New Study Finds

Readers of Parenting with Grace, in which I discuss this very issue (not as it relates to Trump, but to other historic, cultural and political trends) will not be surprised by this latest study from the Univ of Massachusetts which found that what draws voters to Trump is not church affiliation, political leanings, socio-economic status, or educational level--but the parenting style in which you were raised.Sound crazy?  It's not as crazy as it sounds.  In fact,  are 60 years of research ba … [Read more...]

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The Myth of Optional Breastfeeding & Why You Might Not be Breastfeeding Long Enough

UPDATE:  This article has sparked tremendous outrage from readers.  PLEASE NOTE.  Save for a few editorial comments which are mine, this article is a re-posting of a blog by UND's Dr. Darcia Narvaez, 2015 winner of the APA's William James Award for research in the psychology of religion, morals and values. Her work represents the state-of-the-art of developmental moral psychology and this award puts in on the same level as Lawrence Kohlberg.She isn't saying that moms who can't nurse for me … [Read more...]

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The Corporal Works of Mommy and Daddy: Living the “Little Way” of Family Life

In preparation for our oldest child's First Communion, we were reviewing the various Works of Mercy.  When he heard that they included things like feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty and clothing the naked, he looked up at us and said, "You guys do those things all the time.  They should call them the Corporal Works of Mommy--and Daddy too!"Our son stumbled upon a great spiritual truth.  Family life can be an incredible engine of spiritual growth.  The Works of Mercy as practiced … [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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Filters Don’t Keep Kids Safe Online–New Study Finds.

Michigan State criminal justice professor Thomas J. Holt, found that about one in four children said they were pressured by their friends online to talk about sex when they didn’t want to. The study included 439 middle- and high-school students aged 12 to 16. “This is not to downplay the danger of pedophiles acting online, but it does draw attention to the potential threat of child sexual victimization by the people our kids are closest to, the people they spend the greatest amount of time with … [Read more...]

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If you or your parish are looking for a way to empower families to foster intentional discipleship in the home, I wanted to let you know about a special offer. Several parishes have expressed an interest in giving my and my wife's latest book, Discovering God Together: The Catholic Guide to Raising Faithful Kids as a gift to parents for Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation classes. In light of this, Sophia Institute Press has offered a 50% discount to any parish or group who was … [Read more...]

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