Posts Tagged ‘parenting’
As we celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, Pope Francis offer timely reflections on the role of mothers. A mother, he says, helps children to confront life’s problems without becoming lost in them.
Marriage preparation programs often highlight the need for couples to invest themselves in their marriage. A recent study underscores the importance of “positive family relationships” in preparing children to be “emotionally invested” in their adult relationships.
Most parents hope to create a warm, supportive home for their children. A new study shows that these efforts do provide benefits. It finds that a positive family environment during childhood is associated better marital outcomes later in life.
If you are supporting both your own children and your parents, like many Americans, you are a part of the “sandwich generation.” The Pew center recently released a report on its new survey of the sandwich generation.
A three-year study of families conducted by the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture reveals some of the similarities and differences among America’s parents today.
Justin discusses some of the attitudes towards marriage and parenthood he meets as he goes about his day-to-day business.
In its concluding “Message to the People of God,” the October world Synod of Bishops underscored the role of the church’s married couples and families in the new evangelization. The Synod’s message also addressed the role of grandparents in the family and the pastoral needs of divorced and remarried Catholics.
Most parents would agree that communicating with teenagers about relationships and love is anything but easy. The book will “help parents teach their children to deal with all aspects of the relationships they’ll form throughout their lives.”
Who are the “new Dads” who stay at home full time with their children? A study from Boston College says they tend to be men who, with their spouses, made a choice “to dedicate themselves to full-time parenting for an often indefinite length of time.”
For the faithful Catholic mother who seeks to raise her children in a devout household, the author offers support and ideas. Motherhood, she says, is not a condition to be endured but a vocation to be embraced.
The intact, biological family remains the gold standard for raising children, according to a new study done at the University of Texas at Austin that has captured widespread attention.
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.
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.