Posts Tagged ‘parenting’
It’s well known that a marriage can suffer, at least for a while, when the first child is born. But marital dissatisfaction is not a given. A respected researcher says that couples can take a few simple steps to minimize the problem.
“This short book–”for imperfect parents”–includes prayers for all kinds of occasions in family life, along with observations and suggestions for parents. There’s a prayer for letting go, and another when a child is in the emergency room. It’s a great book to keep close at hand and to use often.
Are you looking for a little inspiration from a canonized saint or blessed? This book makes it easy to choose a saint for a short period of prayer or to find weekly models over the course of a year.
Thirty years ago it was rare to see a stay-at-home Dad. These days it’s a common feature of marriage and parenthood. Even the experts don’t know where trends are heading, but we do know that fathers are more involved than ever in child care.
A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that many parents are successfully influencing their teens’ online behavior. In addition, many teens understand the dangers of acting naively on recklessly when online.
Sarah, a former For Your Marriage blogger, and Daniel welcomed their first child 16 months ago. We asked Sarah how she and Daniel pay attention to their marriage while coping with the demands of a baby. Sarah shares some down-to-earth advice.
Are you looking for a new movie with a compelling message and action-packed police drama? Then check out “Courageous,” which opens around the country on September 30.
“Becoming Parents” and “Being a Family”–two sections in this helpful, easy-to-read book–are not exactly the same. The authors offer good advice for both processes, as well as for the subjects of the other two sections, “Being a Catholic Family” and “Raising Children in Today’s World.”
Motherhood, says the author, is clearly a spiritual pursuit. It enlarges the ability to love so that one can spend eternity with a boundlessly loving God. Among other topics, Callahan looks at Christian perspectives on sexuality, including theology of the body; maternal dangers such as depression; balancing family and work; and joy and suffering.
The author finds that airlines unwittingly offer some helpful parenting advice. Why do flight attendants tell passengers to take care of themselves before assisting others?
Parenting doesn’t end when kids leave the nest–or even when they get married and become parents themselves. The author offers practical advice for developing an adult relationship with grown children.
While research confirms that marital happiness suffers when children arrive, new studies show that the gap is small. Marital satisifaction doesn’t have to decline when children are in the picture. Parents can choose how they will respond to the challenge.
A “quiet revolution” is under way among young fathers in America, born of a “new spirit and determination among men … to find their place not just at work but in the home,” according to “The New Dad,” a study released in mid-June by the Center for Work and Family at Jesuit-run Boston College.
Marijuana use is widespread, especially among teens. A 2008 survey from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan found that by the 12th grade, 43 percent of the students had tried marijuana.
This helpful “how-to” book emphasizes life long learning in the vocation to motherhood; balance; and handing on the faith to one’s children.
For most couples, parenting is the most distinctive feature of this stage. It may be compared to the middle years of childhood (ages 5-12), which is sometimes called the latency stage. Although the child continues to grow, this growth tends to be steady and without significant turmoil. Some couples-the “sandwich” generation-find themselves taking care of […]
On their wedding day, the bride and groom are asked: “Will you accept children lovingly from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?” Dreaming together about the children you hope to have is one of the most exciting parts of getting married. However, unless you’re entering a step-parent […]
Parenting & Family
If you’re a member of the “sandwich generation,” it’s hard to shake the feeling that if you focus on one generation you’re losing sight of the needs of the other. It can help to remember that taking care of your parent is good for your children, too. How so?
Our daughter Mary just won’t stay in bed. We vacillate between comforting Mary, demanding that she go back to bed, and criticizing each other’s parenting style. It’s beginning to wear on our relationship. What can we do to preserve our sanity and get a little quality time with each other at night?
There’s been a big change in peoples’ attitudes about using marijuana, and it’s a change that may affect parents all over America. One recent poll discovered that 46 percent of Americans support legalizing small amounts for personal use. What does this trend mean for parents?
It used to be hard to find time for each other what with work and the boys, but when our Jimmy was diagnosed with profound autism, it was like a bomb went off. Tom just withdrew into work and all my time was taken up taking Jimmy from one doctor to another and trying to keep my other kids’ lives as normal as possible. All of a sudden, the little bit of time Tom and I had was totally gone.
We have been happily married for fifteen years and believe we have handled most of our parenting well, but now our fourteen year old daughter’s drive for independence often causes us to argue. When she wants to go to a party or to the mall with her friends, my husband and I react differently, in ways that surprise both of us.
Raising a child can bring parents to the height of joy and the depths of despair. How can such an innocent, cuddly baby have the power to change our lives and provoke such emotional extremes? Because you love. You love your children and want the best for them. Their accomplishments bring you pride. Their hurts […]