Rearing Godly Kids

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By Rebecca Teti

Monday: Parenting

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

Terrible toddlers? Trying teens? Something in between? This weekly forum is the spot to share your questions and struggles about all things related to parenthood.

Please join us!

Rebecca Teti


  • Just wanted to say I appreciate the community here at Coffee Talk. I missed it over at the F&F blog, but have recently found it over here. Thank you all for your insightful comments and keep the comments coming! My question is: My daughter is 7 and loves the Magic Tree House chapter books. Are there any good Catholic chapter books similar to these? Thanks!

    Posted on Jun 3rd, 2013 at 11:27 AM by unknown

  • Asking for prayers regarding my son's preschool graduation on Wednesday. I know I'm being a big baby, but I'm really struggling with this. I waited my whole life to have a baby and I love the infant/toddler/preschool years, and now they're ending. And he's the only baby I'll ever have. I absolutely love his preschool and will miss it so much.

    Posted on Jun 3rd, 2013 at 7:13 PM by Claire S

  • Oh, Claire, you're not being a big baby. You're being a mommy. My oldest is 16 now and I've loved watching him grow. And I miss every age that has passed for him. But I also love these teenage years. (so far!) So while you'll miss those innocent, sweet years, the ones to come are so much fun, too. Many blessings for you and for your son as you journey through his life. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Posted on Jun 3rd, 2013 at 8:54 PM by KMB

  • Thank you for understanding, KMB. It's good to hear that you're enjoying the teenage years. That gives me hope!

    Posted on Jun 3rd, 2013 at 9:01 PM by Claire S

  • Claire, I think the ages of 5 - 10 are the golden years of childhood. I am sad because my youngest is 11 and he is starting to lose interest in a lot of fun childhood experiences like going to the playground, doing arts and crafts, etc. But on the plus side, older kids can do things along side the parents that little kids can't handle. They give a closer to equal challenge when playing family games (we don't have to let them win or give handicaps anymore). My husband plays sports with my teen at an equal level which creates bonding and gives them exercise. You can talk to them about so many more things in life, without talking down to them. So there are things I am sorry to leave behind but there are always new things to replace those. The most important thing is to have an attitude of living in the present.

    Posted on Jun 4th, 2013 at 9:05 AM by Monica (momof2)

  • You are so right Monica, and living in the moment is something that I struggle greatly with. I really need to make it a priority.

    Posted on Jun 4th, 2013 at 11:38 AM by Claire S

  • Blessings to you, Claire. I've enjoyed virtual community with you over the years with f and f. You are not a baby! I agee with the poster who said 5-10 are the golden years, but that doesn't mean we don't miss earlier ages. My three-year-old daughter is a delight, but I will always look back on her nursing years with wistfulness.

    Posted on Jun 5th, 2013 at 6:37 PM by Kelly @ in the sheepfold

  • Thank you Kelly! I miss seeing you on the old F&F, but I continue to follow your blog. I can't believe your little one is three already! It is comforting to know that the next stage is a good one, though.

    Posted on Jun 5th, 2013 at 9:00 PM by Claire S

  • We are new to Florida after my husband moved us all here. I have my child in grade 4 which here is the last grade in our local elementary public school. I don’t know. Here on the last day of grade 5, the children in public school go to Walt Disney World’s EPCOT as an educational event and to celebrate the finishing of their elementary school years. What do you think of this? They have fundraisers to raise money for this trip which includes a two hour bus ride. in a motorcoach and lunch and pocket money for souvenirs. I am to go with him. I am so happy this is going to happen. There are many educational things at EPCOt part of Disney, which does this for all grade five kids throughout the state here. Posted on Jun 5th, 2013 at 8:22 AM by unknown Should I go back to homeschooling and why??????:??:??? High and middle school they do even more than this. I am afraid. I know we shouldn’t fear going outside our door because God is everywhere. Posted on Jun 5th, 2013 at 8:25 AM by unknownPosted on Jun 5th, 2013 at 9:29 AM by unknown

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