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Predicting Addictions/Eating Disorders By Age Four: What Parents Need to Know

Pope Francis has been beating the drum for more affectionate connections in families, again and again urging parents to “Be close to your children.”   Two new  studies show the practical import of Pope Francis’ words. First,  new research from the University of Adelaide shows that disturbances in the development of the child’s oxytocin system (aka [Read More...]

Smile! It’s International Happiness Day!

Seriously, that’s a thing.  Check it out… Speaking at the High Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm”convened during the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated that the world “needs a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, [Read More...]

Become a More Effective Parent in 1 Easy Step.

What parents believe they are trying to do for their kids and how kids understand what their parents are trying to do for them are often two very different things.  For instance, a parent could take  his child to a baseball game to spend time with the child while the child thinks she is being [Read More...]

Can You Hear Him Now?

Dinner w phonesIt is Lent and God is continuing to call us closer to Him. But are we listening? That’s what the Pope wants to know. He raised the question more than once over the weekend. First at his weekly Angelus message to thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square this past Sunday. Later that day when he …

Teens Don’t Need to Rebel

On our radio program, Lisa and I are constantly reminding parents that the idea that teens must rebel is one of the most pernicious lies affecting the family today.  The idea of adolescent rebellion, in fact adolescence itself, was unknown before the 20th century and even then, the idea of teenagers rebelling was uncommon until [Read More...]

A Psychopath Gives Parenting Advice

Dr. James Fallon, neuroscientist, is a psychopath (albeit a “pro-social” psychopath in that he hasn’t killed anyone).  He discovered this himself after looking at his brain scan in comparison to the brain scans of serial murderers.  The images were disturbingly similar.  At first he denied it, but then family, friends and professionals started chiming in, [Read More...]

Are We Willing to Embrace a “Deeper Theology” for Women?

WomenWhere had I been all those years? That was one of the nagging questions I asked myself as I found my way back to the Catholic Church. How come I never heard growing up how Jesus was a true women’s libber; breaking the norms regarding the way men in His day related to and communicated with women? Why, when gath…

Pope Francis: “Thinking Out Loud” About Church?

This week, Pope Francis raised some eyebrows when, in an interview, he discussed the possibility of the Church endorsing “civil unions” for homosexual partners.  He asserted that marriage was indeed for men and women only, but seemed to propose a more open minded and pastoral approach to the question of homosexual relationships than some would [Read More...]

She Likes Me! She Really Likes Me!

At her blog, Catholic mom, Katie Warner lists some of her favorite marriage books.  Three of her list of best Catholic books on marriage are ours.  Here is her write up. The Exceptional Seven Percent: Nine Secrets to the World’s Happiest Couples, Gregory Popcak My hubby and I became big fans of Dr. Gregory Popcak [Read More...]

Help for Those Who Feel Guilty Speaking Up.

  “He who is not angry, whereas he has cause to be, sins.   For unreasonable patience is the hotbed of many vices, it fosters negligence, and incites not only the wicked but the good to do wrong.” ~St.  John Chrysostom      and my favorite…         “Thoughts seethe all the more [Read More...]

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