7 Keys to Raising Caring Kids

 At times, being a parent can feel extremely overwhelming. It can feel like so much work to help our kids be the  intelligent, happy, ambitious, and overall successful individuals we want them to be. The good news is that research shows that there is one quality—caring-- we can parent toward that gives our kids all those other benefits and more.According to a report by Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project, “…when children can empathize with and take responsibility for others, t … [Read more...]

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The BeDADitudes: 8 Ways to Be An Awesome Dad

Pope Francis has called Jesus' Beatitudes  our "guide on the path of Christian life."   Of course, God leads by example.  As such, in addition to being a call to Christian discipleship, the Beatitudes also could be said to reveal something about the ways God the Father relates to us, his children.  Seen in this light, the Beatitudes present a unique opportunity for Christian men to become fathers after The Father's own heart.  That's why I wrote The BeDADitudes: 8 Ways to Be An Awesome Dad, whic … [Read more...]

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Do Your Kids Have Problem Friends? 3 Things YOU Can Do

Check out my interview with Chloe Mooradian of Aleteia's For Her.Your son comes home from school with a new word that his friend taught him. Your little girl’s playmates are teaching her to be a little bit sassier than you’d like. Or maybe your child was caught cheating on a test with his friend, even though you know you’ve taught him better.As parents well know from living through our own childhoods, the influence of our kids’ friends is pretty powerful, especially when when they’re youn … [Read more...]

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More2Life Hack: Living A More Joyful Life

It seems as though so many things in life are constantly trying to steal our joy. From politics, to work stress, to the craziness of daily life, it can be hard to find the joy in each day.We tend to think that joy is a product of stepping away from life and finding little ways to take a break or enjoy ourselves.  Taking breaks can be important, but while doing this can lead to fleeting moments of happiness, it doesn’t lead to joy. The Theology of the Body reminds us that Joy is the fruit of l … [Read more...]

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For Anxiety Disorders, CBT May Restore Brain’s Structural Balance

Do you struggle with anxiety on a regular basis—particularly anxiety induced by social situations? Well, you’re not alone. Experts have found that one in ten people are affected by social anxiety at some point during their lifetime.“Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed if fears and anxiety in social situations significantly impair everyday life and cause intense suffering.” Most commonly, this type of anxiety is provoked when an individual is asked to speak in front of a crowd.A new study … [Read more...]

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3 Simple Ways Stop Blaming And Start Reclaiming Your Power in Grace

In today’s world, placing blame is easier than ever. Outlets such as the news and social media allow us to say “it’s their fault!” without a second thought. Because of this, placing blame on others—or even yourself—is a trap that is all too easy to fall into. However, figuring out “who’s to blame” is not an effective way to heal the hurtful situations in our lives.In Love and Responsibility, Pope JPII spoke of “responsibility” as a basic and inalienable human freedom that gives us the ability … [Read more...]

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Ash Wednesday: When Mercy Rains Down

It's raining here, today. Hard.When I first woke up this morning and my eyes blinked open, I heard the rain pounding on my roof and the winds slapping against my window. My first thought was, "So gloomy.  What perfect Lenten weather."My second thought was, "With how hard it's raining, those ashes won't stay on my forehead very long.  What a shame."But my groggy, gloomy, lenten mood was immediately punctuated by yet another thought that could only have been the Holy Spirit whispering i … [Read more...]

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More2Life Hacks—Bouncing Back from Tough Times in Marriage

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the various problems we all experience in marriage Sometimes, we can get so focused on the problems that we think things will never be different.   Here are three More2Life Hacks that will help you bounce back from tough times in your marriage and re-experience the love and joy you crave!1. Check your Commitment--Happy couples know that recovering from marital struggles starts with being even more committed to their vows than they are to each other.  Wha … [Read more...]

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Kids on My Mind: Parenting Changes Dad’s Brain!

We've known for quite a while that parenthood facilitates changes in mom's brain that help her be more nurturing.  It turns out that being a hands-on parent changes dad's brain too!“Our findings add to the evidence that fathers, and not just mothers, undergo hormonal changes that are likely to facilitate increased empathy and motivation to care for their children,” said lead author Dr. James Rilling, an Emory University anthropologist and director of the Laboratory for Darwinian Neur … [Read more...]

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Unhappy Marriage? New Study Reveals 1 Simple Trick Can Turn Things Around.

According to a new study by the UK's Marriage Foundation, 70% of couples who said they were in unhappy marriages reported being happy 10 years later.  Of those, 30% of the formerly unhappy couples were "extremely happy."  This was especially true for couples who were feeling the strain a growing family can put on the marital relationship.  If you're unhappy in your marriage today, it turns out that the one thing that is almost guaranteed to turn it around is to just stay put!Of course the EVE … [Read more...]

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