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...]

4 Ways Good Relationships Can Save Your Life

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Researchers estimate that 40% of Americans feel lonely.  That's remarkable, considering that we're more connected than ever.  Unfortunately, there is some evidence suggesting that the kinds of connections we're seeking are not the kinds of connections we need.  Most of us are actively engaged in some form or another of social media, but researches have recently discovered that the more time a person spends on social media, the more likely it is they will also experience a depressed mood.Pope … [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...]

Father Forgive Me, For I Am Angry: Further Reflections on “The Furious Mysteries”

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It seems like anger is the topic of the day.  Earlier, my wife and I were discussing the Christian response to anger on More2Life Radio.  Shortly after I got off the air, I came across an article titled, The Furious Mysteries  in which America's Fr. James Martin reflects on what we are to make of Jesus' displays of anger in Scripture.It's a terrific question.  What does Jesus' anger teach us about how we should manage ours?Anger, Wrath & the Divine Longing for JusticeMany people t … [Read more...]

Just Wait a Minute! (Why Patience Isn’t What You Think)

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We were talking about patience on More2Life Radio today.  What it is, what it isn't, and how to get more of it.Patience, of course, is the virtue we all love to hate.  We all know we need it, but we sure as heck don't want to ask God to give it to us.  And yet, perhaps some of that reluctance is due to the fact that we don't really understand what patience is.Patience---> HappinessPsychologists refer to patience as the ability to delay gratification and we know from research that t … [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...]

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

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 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...]

Celebrate World Happiness Day with 7 Research-Based Ideas to Increase Your Joy! (My Favorite is #4).

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The United Nations has declared March 20th to be World Happiness Day where nations are encouraged to explore how well they see to the overall well-being of their people.  At the heart of World Happiness Day is the World Happiness Index, that looks at six factors that determine the relative happiness level of a country's citizens; productivity, healthy life expectancy, social connectedness (having people to count on), perceived freedom to make healthy choices, perceived freedom from … [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...]

What Happens in Vegas…Will Haunt Your Marriage Later. New Study Shows Pre-Marital Sex Decreases Marital Satisfaction.

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The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia published a study called "Before 'I Do'" and found that what couples do before they say 'I do' actually matters — and that premarital experiences from the past could end up haunting them long into marital bliss. "What people do before marriage appears to matter," stated Dr. Galena K. Rhoades and Dr. Scott M. Stanley in the 2014 study, saying that "how they conduct their romantic lives before they tie the knot is linked to their odds of … [Read more...]


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