Creative Discipline that Works! Kathleen Basi Reviews a Great Idea for Raising More Virtuous Kids.

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Kathleen Basi interviewed Lisa and I for an upcoming issue of Family Foundations.  Here's what she had to say about one of the discipline ideas we recommend in Parenting with Grace that we discussed in our interview.We did this exercise on Easter night, and we have already had three occasions to refer to these “shields.” I have hung them in the kitchen, where people are constantly walking by and where they are in plain view from the table. I really love this idea of giving children the chance … [Read more...]

Quality or Quantity? New Study Resurrects Old Parenting Argument

More2Life Radio contributor and editor of Tender Tidings e-magazine for Catholic Parents, Kim Cameron-Smith, identifies 3 reasons this study has no teeth.  Check it out!    … [Read more...]

Obedience As an Act of Love, NOT Fear

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Laurel, a delightful Catholic mom over at MuffinDome Blog has a lovely reflection on the best way to command authentic obedience from your children. She offers her own insightful comments in response to somethings she read in Parenting with Grace.  She writes... We are entering into the years where we begin expecting obedience from our toddler. Obviously, it is not that easy — even if she understands what I’m asking her to do, she doesn’t jump to it right away. It is a process that is ongoing an … [Read more...]

Raising Children Who Love (or Don’t Hate) the Sacrament of Reconciliation

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A guest blog by Kim Cameron-Smith, Contibutor to More2Life Radio and founder of www.IntentionalCatholicParenting.comI’ve heard that some people love going to Confession.  I personally don’t know any of them.  Maybe it’s an urban legend.  I think avoiding the confessional is our human default, because we are uncomfortable exposing our weakness to others.  The Church wants us to know that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a gift.  It’s more an opportunity than a duty.Confession brings our … [Read more...]

Great FREE Parenting Resource–Tender Tidings E-Magazine is Out!

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The latest edition of Tender Tidings e-magazine for Catholic parents is now available.  Check it out! … [Read more...]

On St. Joseph’s Feast Day, 15 Reasons Dads Matter (#15 Will Shock You!)

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St. Joseph is the Patron of Fathers and in honor St Joseph's Feast Day today (March 19th), I thought it would be good to take some time to remind us all how important dads are.  Check out these great dad facts!  (Teaser:  I saved the most surprising fact for last!)1.  Fathers' interaction with babies (engaging in cognitively stimulating activities, emotional warmth, physical care) reduced their infants' chances of experiencing cognitive delay2.  Children whose fathers are involved in rear … [Read more...]

Thanks for the Mammaries: Prolonged Breastfeeding Impacts Intelligence to Age 30, Says Lancet.

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The link between prolonged breastfeeding and intelligence is well-established but this study, published in the esteemed British medical journal, The Lancet,  is the first to show just how long the advantages given to children through extended nursing continues to impact their development."Our study provides the first evidence that prolonged breastfeeding not only increases intelligence until at least the age of 30 years but also has an impact both at an individual and societal level by … [Read more...]

Hugs Can’t Fix Anxiety Caused by Physical Punishment, Study Shows.

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A new study by Duke University published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology shows that being loving after administering corporal punishment tends not to ease a child's anxiety and may, in fact, make it worse.A loving mom can't overcome the anxiety and aggression caused by corporal punishment, and her otherwise warm demeanor may make it worse, according to research led by Duke University that was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent … [Read more...]


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