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Baby Got Back

A controversial new Mexican campaign to promote breastfeeding uses topless celebrities and the slogan, “Don’t turn your back on your baby.  Give him your breast.” City officials were seeking to address the fact that only one in seven mothers in Mexico breast feeds exclusively in the first six months, the standard recommended by the World [Read More...]

The Well-Fathered Daughter

I just read a fascinating post at FamilyStudies.org about the effect of fathers on daughters’ development.  In addition to what you might expect (better academic, social, relationship outcomes) there was this nugget about how fathering affects their daughters biological ability to process stress and the consequences that has on mental and relational health. An emerging [Read More...]

Dr. Greg & Lisa Talk Breastfeeding in the NCReproter

We had an interview with the National Catholic Reporter last week for their special parenting and family issue.  Although the whole special issue isn’t available online, they very kindly made our article available for Faith on the Couch readers.  It’s titled, Breastfeeding in Church? Why Naturally!   It’s a great piece.  In addition to Lisa [Read More...]

A Healthy Romantic Relationship Can Stabilize Neurotic People

(H/T PsychCentral News)   A loving, romantic relationship can have a positive, stabilizing effect on a neurotic personality, according to a new study, published in the online edition of the Journal of Personality.“Neurotic people are rather anxious, insecure, and easily annoyed. They have a tendency towards depression, often show low self-esteem and tend to be generally dissatisfied with their lives,” [Read More...]

The Difference Between Reasons and Accountability

A friend of mine posted this reflection to her Facebook page.  I thought it offered some valuable insights and I wanted to share it with you.  She writes… I think I finally understand the relationship between reasons and accountability. There may be a very good and legitimate reason for something, but that doesn’t erase my [Read More...]

Frequent Arguing Doubles Risk of Death by Mid-Life

Frequent arguments with partners, relatives, or neighbors may boost the risk of death from any cause in middle age, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.  (See Science Daily for full article) Researchers quizzed almost 10,000 men and women aged 36 to 52 about their everyday social relationships. The researchers focused particularly [Read More...]

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the Crisis of Fatherhood

“Something in the basic structure of human existence has been damaged!” A Guest Blog by Dave McClow, M.Div., LCSW, LMFT, a clinical pastoral counseling associate of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. I am a collector of quotes (well…books, too), and I am thinking through a theology of masculinity.  I think a theology of what it means [Read More...]

Good News for Families: Parents are Happier than Non-Parents After All.

FROM THE ATLANIC.  Since the 1980s, economists and psychologists have been aware of a “parental happiness gap.” Basically, the running theory has been that p But Chris Herbst of Arizona State University and John Ifcher of Santa Clara University noticed some weaknesses in earlier studies on the phenomenon. Why did the studies always treat the happiness gap as a constant? [Read More...]

The Devil Went Down to Harvard (w/Apologies to Charlie Daniels)

By now, you’ve probably heard about the organization hosting a Black Mass at Harvard.   My first reaction, of course,  was horror.  I’m still horrified, but as I became more familiar with the story, the absurdity of the situation began to take center stage.  Here you have Lucien Greaves, a “Satanist” who doesn’t actually believe [Read More...]

What Stage is Your Faith?

We have a tendency to think that faith is faith.  But we all recognize that faith grows and changes with time.  What if faith evolved over specifically definable stages? What stage of faith would you be in?  What stage of faith are you called to be moving toward? Universal Stages of Faith In his classic [Read More...]

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