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  • My Thanksgiving Ice Bucket Challenge

    by Tom Hoopes

    Every time I saw an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video on Facebook, I thought of my mom, smiling, on Thanksgiving Day 2006.   Maria Segura Hoopes would have loved seeing the misery of ALS wedded with the goofiness of all those videos—because… read more

  • Making the Most out of Summer

    by Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D.

    What is your first thought about summertime? “Yay, no more schedules! Time to have fun!” or “Uh-oh, what do I do without the school-year routine? The kids will be bored.” Whether you are looking forward to the unstructured freedom… read more

  • The Way A Daddy Thinks

    by Karen Edmisten

    The beer glasses were chilling in the freezer, awaiting the arrival of the aficionado who loves his hops in a frosty mug. A plastic bucket was also stashed in there, packed with ice cream, waiting for the little girl who would invariably request it sometime … read more

  • Am I Overprotective?

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. I’m the mom of three children—two boys ages nine and six, and a four-year-old daughter. I wonder if I am unreasonably consumed by fear and anxiety about my kids’ safety and well-being? This issue is starting to be a source of friction… read more

  • Household Chores Teach Independence

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. When I was growing up, we had a “chore chart” on the wall of our kitchen that listed all the housework each child in the family would do during the week. But my kids have no time for chores because they are completely consumed with their … read more

  • Has Christmas Come for You Yet?

    by Rebecca Ryskind Teti

    One of the things I love about Christmas being celebrated for an octave (or twelve days, or right up until the February 2 Baptism of the Lord if you’re diehard) is that it takes the pressure off December 25th to be the one and only possible day… read more

  • We Have One Job

    by Simcha Fisher

    Once upon a time, there was a young woman who was hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time. She wanted—no, needed—everything to be perfect. She planned and prepped for days, chopping vegetables, rolling dough, scrubbing baseboards, … read more

  • Single Dad Wins Super Bowl Tickets

    by Robyn Lee

    Sunday is a special day for Catholic Dad, Jimmy Oliveira. Even when his daughter Gina was still very young, he started the family tradition of Sunday Mass and watching the New York Giants game. “When I was a child that was the family tradition … read more

  • Mom’s kitchen

    by Joyce Stark

    “One day, my table will be clear. Just a vase of flowers on it!” I recall muttering to myself.   Toys, textbooks, makeup, and sports gear always littered the tabletop. Why can’t the girls go to their rooms to paint their fingernails… read more

  • Dancing with my son

    by Susan B. Townsend

    I have always loved to dance. My mother used to joke that I learned to dance in utero. She often sang to me while she was pregnant, and both she and my father loved music — a passion I shared from a very early age. I grew up listening and dancing… read more