Metropolitan Stefanos: Four Attributes of a Christian Family

Metropolitan Stefanos: Four Attributes of a Christian Family

The following excerpt is taken from an address by His Eminence Metropolitan Stefanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos on behalf of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Clergy-Laity Congress of the Holy Archdiocese of America on July 9, 2014. The theme of this year’s Clergy-Laity Congress, “The Orthodox Christian Family,”...

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The Treasure Hunt

The Treasure Hunt

Attending the services is a matter of constant movement. My arms, they’re seldom empty and it’s a rare occasion I find myself ending a service standing in the spot where I began. I’ve long abandoned that naive notion, the one that equates the caring for young children with lost opportunities....

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Baptizing Unenthusiastic Children

Baptizing Unenthusiastic Children

A number of people have viewed a video on Youtube lately showing the last minute or so of a family drama in church. It concerned an Orthodox family gathered with their young three-year-old daughter for her baptism in a Greek Orthodox Church in Munich. Sadly, I am unilingual, and so...

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The Present Moment

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 isn’t much to do but sit and watch. But unlike a car trip, there is no crying, singing, or...

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Festal “Life Cycle” Chart for Children

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 me to teach them a little more about our faith while they’re having fun. Over the years, I’ve found many small projects to help...

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Parent Review: St. George and the Dragon

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 and write separate reviews, so that we could share with you both parent and teen perspectives on the book.  Here’s Brenda’s response to the book....

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Spare the Rod, Bless the Child

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 I believe spanking destroys trust and is a quick fix that doesn’t solve the problem, teaches kids to be sneaky, shames the child, and is an...

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Fear is a Bad Decision-Maker

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 is to save your life. Fear is as physical and blinding as hunger – necessary for your survival in rare, simple instances, destructive in all others. The...

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How to Live in the Jordan

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 when I open my eyes and I listen. I make sure no one’s stirring, make certain this house lies covered...

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Humbled Through My Children

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. Alas, another road trip. My mom had kindly and lovingly let my boys take her portable DVD players with us in the van. This,...

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