Boys with sticks

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Several years ago, a nice family came over our house. It was partly for a social call, and partly to see if our family would do well as a daycare for their two kids when the mom went back to work. The girl was about four, and the boy was about six.As we adults chatted, the kids explored the house. At the far end of the living room were the toys, including a tidy bucket full of weapons belonging to our sons and daughters. There were bows and arrows, swords of all kinds, scimitars, light sab … [Read more...]

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No, It’s Not Okay to Flip Off Your Sleeping Baby

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In Slate, Education Columnist Rebecca Schuman shares a gallery of photos of herself flipping off her sleeping seven-month-old baby. Schuman explains why, so far, she hasn't found a compelling reason to stop taking and sharing these photos.She loves her baby, but the kid is a bad sleeper, and is making her very tired and frustrated.Schuman says: The reasons I take and post these pictures are varied. I crave emotional release after hours of increasingly desperate nursing, jiggling, … [Read more...]

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Carve Out Time for These Few Essentials

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You'll also find regular exercise gives you more energy to do something that is absolutely essential: putting in some one-on-one time with your other kids. It's all too easy for them to feel displaced and neglected when the new baby comes, so it is essential to carve out some special time to connect with them, consistently and intentionally, academically, emotionally, spiritually, and just for some plain old silly old mommy-and-me fun, or else they will grow up to be crack whores.Read the … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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