I refuse to worry about what my kids eat for dinner.

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Today, I'm making Zuppa Toscana. When I share recipes I'm trying, people often ask, "Will your kids really eat that?" The answer is: some of them, yeah. Some of them, no way. A few of them, maybe. And I am fine with that. I have two goals when I serve a meal: at least half the family should eat it, and mealtimes should be reasonably pleasant.My policy is: I decide what to cook, and they decide whether or not to eat it.We don't have food battles (or food cold wars). We don't save plates … [Read more...]

Welcome, baby! 12 gifts that new moms want the most

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New baby gifts! Fun to receive, fun to give, almost impossible to get wrong.The only truly unwelcome baby present I've ever gotten was tucked into the bottom of a "welcome, new baby!" basket from my church: it was a pamphlet titled something like, "So, Hear Me Out, Now. There's This Thing Called NFP That You Might Maybe Want to Try. . . ". And yes, this was after I had literally written the book on NFP.I really can't complain, though. I'm horrible about giving baby gifts, myself. I … [Read more...]

Dealing with busybodies: some practical tips

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For a sociable or tender-hearted person, just saying, "None of your business. Buzz off!" isn't a real option. So how do we handle busybodies with grace, tact, and peace of mind?Read the rest at the Register. image "Morning Gossip NOLA" by Arnold Genthe - Photograph by Arnold Genthe via Library of Congress website [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -  … [Read more...]

Dear Simcha, Vol. 1

Happy Thanksgiving!  I know that many of you are very busy and/or really depressed today.  Some of you are alone, and many, many more of you desperately wish that you were.  So, rather than tax you with a challenging or insightful essay, I thought I'd take this opportunity to clean up my inbox and answer a few of the questions that people have asked me recently. *** Dear Simcha, By this time of day, I'm supposed to be basting the turkey for the fifth or sixth time so it will be golden and de … [Read more...]

Dear Simcha, Vol. 2

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Dear Mr. Pfischurr, if that is indeed your name, I was thinking of sending a small I mean very very large sustaining donation to EWTN last year, but then this year I noticed that you’ve been writing for the Register for something like four years, and that certainly explains a thing or two in the downturn in quality that I have definitely noticed a lot; and my accountant, that I definitely have because I am a wealthy donor, feels the same way.  It’s stealth liberals like you who are responsible f … [Read more...]

At the Register: When Your Child Has Problems

Bouncing off Jen Fitz's advice for Christian parents of transgendered children, I have a few things to say about children in general: When a child begins to exhibit some behavior that is worrisome, it's easy to panic, to jump to conclusions, to apply adult-style significance to juvenile behavior, or to assume that we can make a diagnosis based on a single symptom or habit.Here's the basic idea, whether we're talking about a child who is actually fine, and just going through a phase, or a … [Read more...]

At the Register: A Few Tips for Making Hard Choices

BECAUSE I LOVE TO GIVE ADVICE! And my life is not a complete and utter catastrophe, so I must know something, right? … [Read more...]


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