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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

  • 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

  • Should I Attend My Cousin's Same-Sex Wedding?

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q: I received an invitation to attend the wedding of my gay cousin, Dave, and his partner, Sean, in New York State, where gay marriage has been legalized. (Note: all names in this article have been changed.)   I have a lovely, loving relationship… read more

  • Build A Healthy Parent-Teacher Relationship

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. We’re only a month into the new school year, and already we’re off to a rocky start with my son’s second grade teacher. Each day when I pick my son up from school, I find myself on the defense as “Miss Brown” complains… read more

  • How Can I Keep My Kid Catholic in College?

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. My eldest daughter is heading off to college this fall. She has been in Catholic schools since kindergarten but is going to a secular university. I’m worried she may not attend Mass on her own, and I wonder how we can assure that she is receiving… read more

  • How to Raise a Compassionate Child

    by Nancy Flanders

    My four-year-old daughter was watching Cinderella for the first time with her cousins last week when she started inconsolably crying.   It turns out one of Cinderella’s mouse friends had been captured by a cat, and my little animal lover… read more