Tag: parenting

Talking about God and grief with children

Talking about God and grief with children

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | February 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

February is a tough month for our family, bringing the anniversaries of our twins’ deaths. Each year I find myself answering hard questions from our sons about their sisters. Why did they die? Where are they now? Will I get to see them again?

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The wisdom of ‘I don’t know’

The wisdom of ‘I don’t know’

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | January 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

I once read an interview with a pastor who said that the most important thing a parent can say to a child is often, “I don’t know.”

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When it comes to giving, less is more

When it comes to giving, less is more

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every year my sister and I make the same promise to each other. “One year, we’re not going to do presents at all,” we declare over the phone. “And it will be the best Christmas ever.”

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Wisconsin couple says adoption is a blessing, gift and ‘roller coaster of emotions’

Wisconsin couple says adoption is a blessing, gift and ‘roller coaster of emotions’

| Benjamin Wideman | November 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

After David and Maria Schuette got married in 2015, they wanted a family right away, but months later they found out that infertility issues would likely prevent them from having children of their own.

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Summertime and the reading is easy

Summertime and the reading is easy

| Regina Lordan | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Families, teens and young children can take advantage of long summer days to relax a bit more. Spend time together. Read. And learn more about the faith. All at the same time, even!

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Attention in an age of distraction

Attention in an age of distraction

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Behold” is my favorite word in Scripture. Every time it shows up, we’re summoned to snap to attention and take notice. God is about to do something new. Let’s not miss it.

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Children’s book invites readers to explore vocations

Children’s book invites readers to explore vocations

| Debbie Musser | February 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Author Kristen Soley, a member of St. Mary in Waverly, penned the book, which features rhymes and colorful photos of children portraying vocations such as farmers, astronauts, artists, scientists, priests and nuns.

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Explaining death to children through lens of faith

Explaining death to children through lens of faith

| Susan Klemond | February 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

When “Grandma Betty” died more than a year ago, John and Heidi Flanagan did their best to answer the questions of their three children age 6 and younger and prepare them for their beloved family friend’s funeral.

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Faith is passed on at home, pope tells parents at baptism

Faith is passed on at home, pope tells parents at baptism

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Faith isn’t something learned just by studying the catechism but rather is a gift passed on to children by the example of their parents, Pope Francis said.

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Letter to a weary Catholic parent

Letter to a weary Catholic parent

| Liz Kelly | August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

A woman emails me to tell me about her daughter: She’s 12 and has tried to commit suicide multiple times. She’s in a mental health facility, and she’s not making much progress. Would I please pray?

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Keep holy the car pool and commute

Keep holy the car pool and commute

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Our minivan is one big silver stereotype.

Granola bar wrappers on the floor. Cheerios stuck between seats. Baseball gear rolling around the back.

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Children’s well-being sacrificed to adults’ sexual whims, new book says

Children’s well-being sacrificed to adults’ sexual whims, new book says

| Nancy Frazier O'Brien | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The U.S. government, which once made guarding the well-being of children a top priority, has now abandoned their interests in favor of the sexual wishes of their parents, according to a new book by law professor Helen Alvare.

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