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  • 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

  • How to Support Young Adults

    by Susie Lloyd

    Little kids, little problems. Big kids, big problems. Does it have to be that way? Or is there something we can do?   Between 17 and 25, a person is bound to go through at least one life-changing transition, and probably several. We all know how stressful … 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

  • Keeping Connected With Your Spouse

    by Rachel Swenson Balducci

    The day Paul and I said, “I do,” was one of the happiest days of my life. I thought it was strange to talk about growing more in love, as my friend Fr. John said during our wedding homily. I couldn’t imagine loving my husband any more … read more

  • The Problem With Santa

    by Abby Walsh

    The magical bubble of Santa has been popped. As a child this happened to me on the playground when a neighborhood boy mocked my belief in Jolly Old Saint Nick. I was 10. As an adult this happened recently when my husband and I were told by a Church… read more

  • The Santa Dilemma

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. My husband and I are in a debate about how to celebrate Christmas with our children. We’ve always focused on Advent and the coming of the Baby Jesus, but we also have allowed them to believe in Santa Claus. My husband now worries that the idea … 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