Children and Faith

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  • Parenting Versus Teen Privacy

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. My daughter’s smartphone buzzed when she was out of the room. I picked it up to see who was texting her and was puzzled by the message that previewed on the screen, so I read the entire exchange. What I discovered concerned me. When I talked… read more

  • Why Cool Parenting Doesn't Help

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. This question might be filed under, “What are these people thinking?” My high school freshman got a ride home from a recent sporting event from a teammate’s parent. The conversation in the car turned to a high school party that took… read more

  • When Teens Have Their Own Money

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. Our two teens have their own money from babysitting, part-time jobs, and birthday gifts. We’re very proud of how hard they work and how responsible they have become. Both our son and daughter have accumulated healthy savings accounts and provide for their own spending… read more

  • 2016 Guide to Summer College Programs

    by Paul McKibben

    The question for families comes up every year around this time as winter turns into spring: What are the kids going to do this summer?   For some parents, the answer might be to send their child away for a week or longer to a summer program at… read more

  • How to Get Teens to Stop Texting, Start Talking

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. For years, my husband and I looked forward to having grandchildren, and when our grandkids were little, it was a truly wonderful time. We used to have them at our house and would spend time together baking cookies, reading to them, taking them to … read more

  • Why Do I Have to go to Church?

    by Nancy Flanders

    My husband and I have three daughters who at young ages already express some big opinions about life, including a four-year-old who complains about going to church. She knows what she wants, what she doesn’t want, and isn’t afraid to say … read more

  • Free Tablet Not A Welcome Gift

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q.  At the start of the year, our children’s school handed out iPads to every fifth grade student. Consequently, though we had successfully implemented a strict family policy about when and how our daughter was able to interact with the virtual world… read more

  • 2015 Catholic Digest College Guide

    by Paul McKibben

    Deciding where to attend college is one of the important decisions young people and their families face. If you’re raising your son or daughter Catholic, you want a school that will not only challenge them academically but also help grow their … read more

  • Should You Choose Your Child's College?

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. Our son has been accepted to several good colleges, including two excellent Catholic universities that are known for their adherence to Catholic teaching. He also got accepted into three other schools—one big state school and two small liberal … read more

  • Can Media Rules Be Too Strict?

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. We have made the conscious decision to limit our family’s exposure to media. Our teens (16, 14, 13) do not have cell phones, their access to a computer in our home is limited to school-related purposes, and our television is locked with parental … read more

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