What can Catholic parents learn from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

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Our kids need us. Most of our teenagers are not in danger of becoming violent jihadists like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; but unless we make a deliberate, consistent, sincere effort to live our faith and to make sure that our older kids are well connected with adults who can guide and educate them and answer their questions, and unless we give them many opportunities to practice their faith, then there is little hope that they will still be Catholics when they leave our homes.  Read the rest at the Re … [Read more...]

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...]

Raising safe, independent kids

 It's good and natural for parents to want to keep their kids safe, but it's healthy for the entire family to acknowledge that our main job as parents is to prepare kids for the rest of their lives. A kid who has never learned to judge for himself when it's safe to cross the street is a kid who is unsafe.Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

About the Pope’s “don’t be like rabbits” remark UPDATED

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   Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons First, kudos for Erin of Bearing Blog for spurring me to reread the full transcript of the Pope's recent in-flight remarks. He didn't precisely say "Catholics shouldn't be like rabbits" (and he never used the word "breed" at all). What happened was that the reporter asked him what he thought about the idea that so many in the Philippines are poor because of the Church's ban on contraception. The Pope replied: God gives you means to be r … [Read more...]

Loving the adult Jesus

Christmas is the infancy of the Faith, and most people find it pretty easy to be happy about about their Faith at this time of year -- at least in the good moments. Even when the season is stressful or exhausting, most of us at least occasionally taste those golden moments where the music is right, the candles are glowing, we're finally holding a mug of something hot, finally hearing the happy murmurs of the baby in the manger.  At the best moments, we love Christmas, baby Jesus loves us, and it … [Read more...]

Dr. Greg Popcak on marriage after baby

I'm putting together an article for Our Sunday Visitor about how marriages change after a baby is born -- the good, the bad, and the things that need professional intervention (spiritual and otherwise). Dr. Greg Popcak gave me some wonderful information, and he has reprinted our entire interview on his blog. Here's an excerpt: Simcha: I assume you mostly work with Catholic couples. Is the strength of a couple’s faith a good predictor for how well they can work through their problems? This so … [Read more...]

Parents who fail (and parents who don’t)

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 Not a failure: "My daughter is pregnant."Failure: "My daughter had an abortion because she knew darn well what would happen if we found out she was pregnant." Not a failure: "My child is severely depressed." "My child has debilitating anxiety." "My child is suicidal."Failure: "I have no idea how to help my child, but I'll be damned if I let someone stranger into our personal lives. Professional help is for parents who can't hack it, and I don't belong in a waiting … [Read more...]


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