• 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

  • Praying Our Kids Through College

    by Lynn Bellavance Wehner

    Editor's Note: This essay was published as part of the annual Catholic College Guide in the Fall 2010 issue of Faith & Family Magazine. “Just face it; you’re going to be a blubbering wreck.” It was a summer-long mantra chanted by friends… read more

  • Preserving Catholic Faith During the College Years

    by Lori Hadacek Chaplin

    Our forthcoming issue will include our 2013 Catholic College Guide -- and some tips, including this review from Lori Hadacek Chaplin, offered as a sneak peek.   The Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA… read more

  • My Child, The Atheist

    by Brian O'Neel

    It’s 11:00 p.m. Do you know where your atheist child is? An alarming number of Catholic parents these days have seen their deepest fear come true. Not only have their children rejected Catholicism, they no longer believe in God.   It is … read more

  • A Summer With Purpose

    by Laurie Ghigliotti

    “I’m bored!” What parent hasn’t heard that—from little ones to high-schoolers—during summer vacation? Summers are notorious for students losing academic ground while sleeping into the afternoon and spending long hours bonding with… read more