Yes!!! 5-4   Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, & Kagan dissent. … [Read more...]

Today’s Cool Kids Are Tomorrow’s At-Risk Kids


A new study may provide both a cautionary tale for parents of cool kids and a moment of schadenfreude for adults who were bullied in childhood.    At 13, they were viewed by classmates with envy, admiration and not a little awe. The girls wore makeup, had boyfriends and went to parties held by older students. The boys boasted about sneaking beers on a Saturday night and swiping condoms from the local convenience store.  They were cool. They were good-looking. They were so not you. … [Read more...]

Prayer Promotes Bonding, Study Says.


Servant of God, Fr. Patrick Peyton, is famous for the slogan, "the family that prays together, stays together."  In our books, our radio program and counseling practice, we strongly recommend both couple and family prayer as a way of increasing intimacy and responding to the differences that can divide.  Of course, this isn't just true for families.  Prayer is the means by which Jesus' own wish that all might be one in him (John 17:21) will be fulfilled.  As Pope Francis has demonstrated … [Read more...]

Can A Bad Marriage Kill You? Study Says, “Yes, and A Good Marriage May Heal.”


From Science Daily The affairs of the heart may actually affect the affairs of the heart in ways previously not understood."Growing evidence suggests that the quality and patterns of one's social relationships may be linked with a variety of health outcomes, including heart disease," says Thomas Kamarck, professor of psychology and Biological and Health Program Chair in the University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. He is an author of a new study that correlates … [Read more...]

Kids with Strong Bonds to Parents Have Better Relationships with Peers & Are More Adaptable


From Science Daily-Mind/Brain News. What social skills does a three-year-old bring to interactions with a new peer partner? If he has strong bonds to his parents, the child is likely to be a positive, responsive playmate, and he'll be able to adapt to a difficult peer by asserting his needs, according to a new University of Illinois study published in Developmental Psychology. "Securely attached children are more responsive to suggestions or requests made by a new peer partner. A child … [Read more...]

Putting Faith to Work Linked to Job Satisfaction.


(H/T PsychCentral) Regular attendance in a church that stresses faith as a component of work is associated with high job satisfaction and employment commitment. Baylor University sociologists discovered the influence depends in part on how involved that person is in the congregation, not merely on occasional attendance. “We already knew that about 60 percent of American adults are affiliated with congregations, but we wanted to delve into whether that carries over from weekend worship … [Read more...]

Marriage After Baby: Simcha Fisher Interviews Dr. Greg


Simcha Fisher, blogger extraordinaire and author of The Sinners Guide to Natural Family Planning is working on a piece for Our Sunday Visitor Newsmagazine on the marital changes that occur once a baby arrives on the scene.  She emailed to ask for an interview.  By happy coincidence, Lisa and I just turned in our upcoming book, Then Comes Baby:  The Catholic Guide to Surviving & Thriving in the First 3 Years of Parenthood to Ave Maria Press.   Between that and the things we had already … [Read more...]

Yeah! The Summer Issue of Tender Tidings E-Magazine is Out!


Check out this terrific (and free!) Catholic parenting e-magazine from More2Life Radio contributor, Kim Cameron-Smith!  It's chock full of practical, inspiring and interesting ideas to make your  Summer more grace-filled and enjoyable!  Check it out!  Oh, and my Q&A column starts on page 25 if you want to skip to the extra good bits ;-) Seriously, Kim does a great job and Tender Tidings is a real treasure!  Go forth and be inspired! In this issue: FAMILY GAMES (playing our … [Read more...]