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 … [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...]

Speaking of parents as primary educators of children. . .

I'll be speaking about parents as primary educators of their children on the Son Rise Morning Show this Friday morning.  Seven of my children will be at school, and the other two will be watching Dinosaur Train.  The baby will be yelling, 'WHERE 'DUC-TER????" every time the Conductor goes off the screen.  The dog will be pawing frantically at the door of my bedroom, where I do radio interviews, because the only, only, only way he wants to spend his time these days is playing Lonely Dog Rodeo … [Read more...]

At the Register: Are You Raising Your Kids?

Take a squint at how you're raising your kids.  The general impression should be "up, up, up." … [Read more...]

At the Register: Why I Love Having Teenagers

Aw, I just scratched the surface.  Maybe I will write a follow-up.  I really do love having teens. … [Read more...]

Highway to Hell

Just because I have a lot of kids, people assume I have a lot of kid-managing skills.  Not so.   In the last twelve years, I  have perfected really only two child-related talents:  ignoring screams, and buying spaghetti in bulk.  Other than that, I'm pretty much where I was at the beginning:  terrified, stymied, trying not to let them corner me. How, for instance, do I deal with lots and lots and lots and lots of time in the car with four small children who have lots and lots and lots … [Read more...]

Thursday Throwback: Is Nothing Profane?

This post originally ran about three years ago.  This year, our house will be launching the following into an unsuspecting world:  Harry Potter, Aphrodite, a cat, the grim reaper, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle,  a Pink Mummy Ghost (this is a costume which started off weird and gets more confusing each year), Ming Ming, and a confused and angry baby. You can see by the preponderance of trademarked characters that, in the three years since I wrote this piece, my give-a-damn has … [Read more...]


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