Yes, There IS a Catholic Way to Parent. Here’s Why.


Is there a Catholic way to parent?It really depends upon what you mean by the question.  If you mean, "Is there an approved list of preferred parenting methods the Church requires that we use for child rearing?"  Well then, of course the answer is "certainly not!"But if you mean, "Does our Catholic faith ask parents to have a mindset about parenting that reflects the Church's unique vision of family life and make choices that are mindful of that vision?"  Then the answer is, "u … [Read more...]

But Aren’t All Kids Different?

One of the challenges of being a "parenting expert" is that you often find yourself arguing that one type of parenting is superior to others despite the fact that all children are, in fact, different and need different things.How is it possible to do this?  Isn't it over-reaching at best or hypocritical at worst to argue that one style of parenting is better than others while at the same time acknowledging that all families and children are different and need different things?   Well, not to … [Read more...]

Feel Insecure in Relationships? Healing the Roots of the Problem.

Last week we had a vigorous discussion (here and here, in particular) about the pseudo-scientific claims of the "cry-it-out" method of sleep training.  Specifically, I challenged the junk science that claims that letting a baby cry-it-out works  because it teaches a baby to "self-soothe."  We discussed the absolute absence of any evidence whatsoever from developmental psychology and neurology that an infant or toddler has any ability--or even potential ability--to self-soothe (a skill requiri … [Read more...]

“It Is Not Good for Man 2B Alone” –Good Relationship with Parents Can Mediate Child’s Learning Disabilities

Here's a surprising new study on how the strength of a child's attachment to mom and dad helps improve learning disabilities.Adolescents with learning disabilities were discovered to have less secure attachments with significant adult figures compared to their non-disabled peers, which had a direct impact on their socioemotional state. Within the disabled group, those who had more secure attachments to their mother and father, or who considered their teacher caring and available, exhibited … [Read more...]