How To Make Prayer Fun and Less Chore Like for Kids…

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... Dear Catholic Parent, You can't. Next question. Seriously, why do we give our kids chores? Because we are sadistic and enjoy their misery? Free child labor? We find their whines pleasing to the ear? OK, maybe a little. No, we give our kids chores because it teaches them responsibility. It teaches them that they are functioning members of a family and they serve a purpose. So get rid of the notion that chores are bad. Another trend I notice is that parents like … [Read more...]

This Season I am Going to be the Most Encouraging Mom at the Ball Park…

Mother encouraging son at little league baseball game

... I am that mom. That mom at your kid's sports event. Not exactly a soccer mom. I don't know what soccer moms do or what it is about them that earn them the label 'soccer mom' -- I think it has to do with being suburban and driving minivans, both of which do not apply. Also, I am not sure if being a soccer mom has anything to do with being a fan of the sport or not, cause honestly, I can't see anyone, outside of Seattle, caring about soccer in this country. No, I'm worse than a soccer mom. … [Read more...]

Those Horrible Catholics Down the Street…

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... That would be my family, of course. The same family that marked the arrival to our new home with big Catholic statuary in the yard, announcing to all ... the papists are coming, the papists are coming! My evangelical neighbors have been cautious with us when allowing their children to play with my son. After all I let my son read Harry Potter and Greek mythology, which I've heard is tantamount to devil worship. Oh, and then there's the statues. And the worship of statues. And statues … [Read more...]

The Superiority of the Convert Catholic…

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... I like to think converts are a special type of Catholic, and I'm not just saying that because I'm one. Converts intentionally seek out Catholicism and ultimately choose a faith that others are born to. Sometimes choosing Catholicism comes at a great price for the convert and much effort is required -- like in my case, two years of touchy feely kumbaya RCIA and one ex-husband. Those cradles take all that for granted. They don't know how easy they have it made. Only my poor son is a … [Read more...]

Protestant Hookers…

Hmmm. Nice try, but no.

... Kid's say the darnedest things; like that their dad's let them play Grand Theft Auto when you know full good and well this is a lie because his dad, an ex-Marine, fencing champion and Catholic deacon, would skin him alive like St. Bartholomew. But you play along because he's just a kid and there's no sport in making him look foolish. But the kid's persistent and says his getting the game for Christmas and you just roll your eyes and tell him you highly doubt it because it's a really … [Read more...]

Halloween for Lazy People and the Crafty Challenged…

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... Like everything else in my life, I wait to the last minute to post some Halloween stuff that probably could have been useful last week. You know, food treats to take to a party or your kid's class -- stuff even I can't ruin. And just look at these super cute costume's for All Saint's Day. I love them all. It pays to plan ahead. However, if you find yourself in a pinch or not quite that crafty, might I recommend a St. Sebastian costume. All you need are some Nerf gun darts, … [Read more...]

There Really Are No Guarantees…

... Did you know the Salvation Army doesn't sell donated Bibles? Nope. They give them away instead. I learned this yesterday when I was there looking for picture frames to refurbish. The nice lady at the register gave my son a children's bible which naturally led into a conversation about religion. And like most conversations about religion here in the southern fried South, she told me ... "I used to be Catholic. My parents were real into it too. We went to church on feasts day & every … [Read more...]

Beating Summer Boredom and That Lull In Learning…

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... I've been a long time advocate for year long schooling. None of this three months off for the summer nonsense. Three months for kids to get all soft and intellectually lazy and used to sleeping in every day so that when school finally starts back up again in the fall you're forced to use herculean efforts to rouse them in the morning so they won't miss the bus. It's the lull in learning I find to be the most troubling. So please, if you'll allow me ... a post on how to sneak learning … [Read more...]

Catholic Nerdom…

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... The Boy has been altar serving two years now. Two years; it's hard to believe how quickly it all flies by. Last night he learned he got a promotion of sorts. He is no longer the lowly torch bearer. That position is for the newbies. No, now he is training for the position of cross bearer/ book bearer/ bell ringer. Upon hearing the news of his advancement, The Boy declared "Huzzah! I leveled up!". This from the child that kicked, wailed, and screamed when I made him start serving. … [Read more...]


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