Y’know that New Study That Said “Quantity Time Doesn’t Matter?” Um, Never Mind…


 People were writing to ask me what I thought of this, frankly, moronic report in the WaPo last month on how it doesn't matter how much time parents spend with kids.  I didn't respond then because I just didn't have time to do a proper take-down and, honestly, the findings ran so counter to every other study on the subject for the last 30 years I just didn't think it was worth it.  Fortunately, no less an authority than the Brookings Institution decided to do the fisking for m … [Read more...]

Beyond A Wing and A Prayer: A Catholic Vision of Masculinity


 Check out this terrific post at Catholic Exchange by Pastoral Solutions Institute clinical associate, Dave McClow.“A wing and a prayer” is a saying about a plane that is badly damaged but makes the landing.  Men have been in a sustained identity crisis, as I have alluded to elsewhere.  Radical feminism sees men as the oppressors from which they need to be liberated.  They are right if they are talking about brutal and domineering men, but not all men are this way.  Men have been … [Read more...]

“Dear Gay Community, Your Kids are Hurting”

This is a power letter from a young woman, raised by two women, who was a former gay marriage activist and is now a children's rights advocate and mom of 4."....Kids of divorced parents are allowed to say, “Hey, mom and dad, I love you, but the divorce crushed me and has been so hard. It shattered my trust and made me feel like it was my fault. It is so hard living in two different houses.” Kids of adoption are allowed to say, “Hey, adoptive parents, I love you. But this is really har … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Catholic Rabbits–5 Points to Consider

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Pope Francis raised more than a few eyebrows yesterday when he said, "Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits - but no."  Pope Francis assertedthat the church counsels "responsible parenthood"  a phrase referenced in several Church documents, including Humanae Vitae, Familiaris Consortio, and St. John Paul II's Letter to Families.Doubling down, Pope Francis went on to recount the story of a woman he knows who doctors s … [Read more...]

Are YOU Humble? New Study Identifies the Truth About Humble People

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It might seem strange to think that people would study humility, but positive psychology (the branch of psychology that studies well-being) is interested in fostering virtue as an important part of leadinga happy and healthy life.  This is one of the first studies, however, looking at what, exactly humility is and how it benefits us. Hardy's analysis found two clusters of traits that people use to explain humility. Traits in the first cluster come from the social realm: Sincere, honest, … [Read more...]

In Praise of Gratitude


Happy Thanksgiving to all my loyal, Faith on the Couch readers.  I am grateful for all of you and your support of this ministry.  As regular readers know, giving thanks is good for every aspect of your health, life and relationships.  Here's a great article that summarizes the benefits of gratitude with lots of links to learn more! … [Read more...]

Then Comes Baby: Cute Baby Contest–Newborn to Six Months. Post Pics to WIN!!!

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Babies, babies, babies!  We LOVE babies!Lisa's and my new book, Then Comes Baby:  The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood celebrates every aspect of adding a new member to your family.  We cover everything you need to know about balancing baby care, mommy care, daddy care, and marriage care so that you can feel your best in every part of your life even in those challenging first few months after the birth of your little one.The book is di … [Read more...]

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT #2: Lisa and I Are Speaking at the 2015 World Meeting of Families


Lisa and I have been invited to present at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next Sept.   We'll be presenting on the topic, See How They Love One Another:  The Family and the FaithBelow is the official announcement from WMOF.World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Opens Registration and Announces Keynote Speakers & Content Baltimore, MD (November 10, 2014) – In remarks offered today at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fall Assembly, Archbish … [Read more...]