Posts about parenting

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The Present Moment

I sit in a room with seven babies who require intense attention, one of whom is my son. At times, this feels like a very long family car trip because there…

Jul 02, 2014
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Festal “Life Cycle” Chart for Children

As the mother of two young daughters who love to do craft projects and art, I’m always looking for new project ideas, especially those that allow…

Jun 29, 2014
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Parent Review: St. George and the Dragon

Brenda Praggastis and her teen-aged daughter Elena both read Michael Lotti’s new book, St. George and the Dragon. They agreed to read the book separately…

Jun 28, 2014
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Spare the Rod, Bless the Child

Spanking does not work in raising children. In my opinion, it should be eliminated as a strategy for controlling misbehavior in children. Why? Because…

Jun 26, 2014
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Fear is a Bad Decision-Maker

Fear is a bad decision-maker. It’s powerful, plausible, and thoroughly unreliable. It’s as likely to lead you straight into the fire as it…

Jun 26, 2014
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How to Live in the Jordan

In a house full of children, a mother has to wake up early to hear the silence. An hour before sunrise, an alarm set quiet wakes me from sleep. That’s…

Jun 23, 2014
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Humbled Through My Children

“Venti iced chai with soy please.” I pulled away from the drive-thru and pressed the straw to my lips before heading back out onto the highway….

Jun 19, 2014
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Who Told You You’re Not Good Enough?

Mother Theresa, Father Arseny, St. John Maximovitch, St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Christina, Martin Luther King Jr, Jack Lalanne, Helen Keller, Abraham Lincoln……

Jun 19, 2014
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Feeding Our Picky Eaters During the Fast

Many of us have at least one person in our family who is a picky eater – generally, one of our kids. So how do you avoid feeding them nothing but…

Jun 16, 2014
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Why Do We Fast?

It’s what weighs on a mother’s heart, nurturing the spiritual lives of her children. And times like these, days when we’re fasting, the burden…

Jun 15, 2014