Here’s an article I wrote for Catechist Magazine’s online ministry. Discover 4 Principles to Navigate the Digital Deluge – A parent’s guide.
Every family has their own wonderful ways to encourage and teach each other. Here are a few of mine. I’d love to hear a few of your ideas too! Display a colorful book at the breakfast table (a children’s bible, a book of saints etc.) Gift cute stuffed animals that have a little recording of … More 20 Playful Ideas for Fostering Faith in your Kids
At a soccer game this weekend, I listened as a lady and her husband lamented that they could not turn back the clock to a few months ago, before their son began playing Fortnite. They wished they could do it differently. These parents longed for the old productive good fun their son had and they … More Surrender your dreams for your family? No way.
While trying to explain the “thees”, “thous” and “arts” of the Our Father, my daughter murmured something about a mailbox. “What did you say, Sweetie?” “Does God put us in an envelop and send us away from evil?” “Oh, right. The Lord said, ‘deliver us from evil.’” “Yes, deliver us. The address should say, ‘heaven’.” … More Deliver to Heaven
You and I both know that there are awful things in our culture. Things that wound us, disturb us, threaten us. Sexual abuse by the clergy, for one terrible example. If you have a little one or one who isn’t so little any more, then I know you desperately want to navigate life with them. … More Serving our Children in the Midst of Awful Things in Our Culture
There is only so much you have the capacity to do. No matter how much planning, creativity, staying up late or amazing effort, you can only be in one place at a time, doing one thing. Kids naturally know this limitation. They whine. They call, “Mooommmm”. They expect their things will be taken care of even though … More We are limited
People have been telling me forever that my kids are well behaved at Mass. I’ll tell you the secret… It is really easy and takes no preparation. Most people aren’t willing to do it though. Are you ready? Sit in the front pew. Not the second, not close to the front. The first row. Think … More Kids in Church – Let them See!
With babies and toddlers, having a bag ready to go full of good toys for church will save you some angst. Watch out for hard plastic or metal which can be banged noisily on the pew. Opting for special toys which echos the message of the gospel (loosely) helps to set the tone for Sunday. … More The Church Bag – Toys for Kids
Kids need lots and lots of physical affection. Well, actually we all do. For most kids, extra daily physical kindness from parents will aid healthy brain development, confidence and (believe it or not) obedience. A playful toss up in the air does more to establish the parent’s authority than a harsh talking to. So if … More Authority of Affection
Singing a hymn for your baby every time you put her down to sleep has many benefits: it establishes a peaceful routine, you are teaching her to pray, there is a special song in her heart, you get to beautifully tap into God multiple times during the day, the words of the song take on … More Lullaby