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  • Advice from Grandparents is Unwelcome & Ignored

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. I’m writing because I’m concerned about my 12-year-old granddaughter’s attitude and behavior. My daughter—her mother—is a single parent. The father is mostly absent and generally unreliable. Ever since my granddaughter… read more

  • Stay Active With Your Grandchildren

    by Kate Wicker

    Eileen Pankow, or Gaba as she is known to her five grandchildren (she’s known as Mom to me), has always been active. She started playing volleyball as a girl and kept up with the sport well into adulthood. Now she shares her love of volleyball … 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

  • Opening the Incredible Gift of Fatherhood

    by Trent Beattie

    Before his first child was born four years ago, Matthew Kelly had already learned a great deal in life. He had to in order to provide content worth listening to in his countless speeches and reading in his best-selling books. Yet, despite all the knowledge… 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

  • Building Strong Catholic Marriages On-Line

    by Lori Hadacek Chaplin

    Catholics, young and old, are turning to online dating to find their spouses. CatholicMatch, the largest online Catholic dating site, has been successful in helping singles connect with like-minded individuals. Featured here are the success stories of several… read more

  • Back from the Brink

    by Carolee McGrath

    Chris and Raquel Garcia were on top of the world. They both had exciting jobs with the San Antonio Spurs. They were at the top of their game, too, rising stars with the sports franchise and well known in the community. At least, that’s the way … read more

  • How to Be a Great Godparent

    by Nancy Flanders

    Three years ago, when Eric and Erin Grant began considering godparents for their daughter Brookelyn, three years old, they knew what they wanted in and what they didn’t. While many parents choose their child’s godparents as an act of obligation… read more

  • When Should Teens Begin Dating?

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. My 13-year-old daughter is begging me to be allowed to date. She claims all the other kids in her eighth grade class are allowed to go out with their boyfriends and girlfriends, and she is the only one who isn’t permitted to socialize this way. Eighth grade … read more