Putting Faith to Work Linked to Job Satisfaction.

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(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 s … [Read more...]

Marriage After Baby: Simcha Fisher Interviews Dr. Greg

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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 writ … [Read more...]

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

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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 favor … [Read more...]

Both Controlling & Indulgent Parents Have Higher Risk of Chemical-Abusing Kids

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Remember that the other day I noted that neither children from more authoritarian homes nor children from indulgent homes really feel that their parents really care about them?  This study really drives this point home.   (The original study was in Spanish and the translation isn't great so I'm cleaning it up a bit.  Hence the brackets).A scientific study in six European countries has analyzed the role that parents play in the risk of their children consuming alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. Bo … [Read more...]

The Four Components of Wisdom

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I think most of us would like to be wise, or at least hope to become wise one day.  But I wonder how many of us could articulate what wisdom really looks like.  I suspect most of us know wisdom when we see it, but how many of us would be able to articulate the skills or abilities make up wisdom?Wisdom: 4 Keys to Getting UnstuckToday on More2Life Radio, we discussed "getting unstuck."  When we encounter situations that leave us not knowing what to do and we feel trapped or stuck, it is wi … [Read more...]

Enough with the Naysaying–You CAN Make Your Marriage Last A Lifetime

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Sociology professor, Pepper Schwartz, has a rather depressing piece in CNN titled, Lifetime Marriage a Crapshoot.    It reflects on the fact the the biggest percentage increase in divorces is among people over 50.  It used to be that people felt that if you made it to 25 years, you were home free.  Not any more.  Althought the divorce rate is significantly lower among longer-marrieds than among those married fewer than 10 years, it isn't unusual for couples to divorce after 25, 40, even 50 years. … [Read more...]

Is It Time for a Catholic “Tenderness Revolution” In Parenting?–Updated

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Disturbing new research suggests that by the time they reach age 18, about 12 percent of American children are maltreated: neglected, or abused physically, sexually, or emotionally.Researchers at Yale University say the numbers are even more sobering for black and Native American children, with one in five black children and one in seven Native American children experiencing maltreatment during the time period studied. The results are published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.   The authors … [Read more...]

Corporal Punishment. Morally Problematic for Catholics?

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Most readers know I certainly think so, but fellow Catholic Patheosi, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry has an outstanding piece laying out some points every Catholic parent should consider on his blog, Inebriate Me.Here's a sample:The facts are in, and extrinsic motivation just does not work. Period. And Christians should know that, since we know that is not how God made us. God made us to be free, that is to say to do what is right because of our own intrinsic motivation. God did not make us to be … [Read more...]


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