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  • 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

  • My Mom is the Best Contest Results!

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    It’s true, of course, that God is neither male nor female.  But it’s also true that our parents, at their best, are tangible signs of God’s love and care for us. The Scriptures are full of both paternal and maternal images for … read more

  • Congratulations from Dad

    by Maris L. Franco

    I graduated from college in the spring of 2004. It took me five years, not the four I had hoped for, but, as I always told myself, what’s important is that I did it. I had spent the last five years of my life going to school, working, and studying hard. … read more

  • When a service member comes home

    by Paul Boudreau

    C26D: The flight from Dallas to Los Angeles is tedious, but it’s the final leg of a journey that started two days ago in Fallujah, 35 miles west of Baghdad in Iraq. It was there Sanchez lived for 18 months with his Marine unit, in the midst of … read more

  • My Mom is the Best!

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    We asked you why your mom is the best - and you told us! Read these readers' responses, then check out our I Love My Mom contest page to find out how to enter or to send your mom a special gift.     My mother, Clarice Trzaskowski, is the… read more