Catholic family life

Tips for a (somewhat) stress-free bedtime

Getting babies to sleep can be challenging. Putting toddlers down can be even worse. We turned to our Facebook followers for their favorite tips to make bedtime go as smoothly as possible. Some admitted right away that it’s still a mystery to them. Don’t ask me. No two kids are the same… it’s confusing!” –…

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10 saintly costumes for kids

It’s October, which means moms everywhere are prepping costumes for their little ones (or just ordering outfits online). Whether your family does Halloween trick-or-treating or prefers the All Saints Day festivities, here are 10 brilliant home-made costumes for your saints-in-the-making. 1) St. Mother Teresa (Sources: toddler here and child here.) 2) St. Maximilian Kolbe (Sources: toddler here…

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Pregnancy is in

Something nearly unprecedented happened on Saturday at Fashion Week in New York. No, there weren’t any live goats on the runway (at least, not this year). No, PETA reps didn’t throw red paint on anyone and, no, nobody died. (All of these were actual events from years prior, believe it or not.) Something much crazier…

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Embrace the cross

From the Family Foundations archives **** “Embrace the cross” is a phrase that will never find its way onto the cover of Cosmopolitan as a means of improving your sex life. And yet, I’ve found it is the one way that really works.  Some couples are dissatisfied with their sexual intimacy; this is evident in the many magazine…

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A reflection on National Watermelon Day

One of my favorite parts of teaching kindergarten was prepping the calendar each month and perusing “silly day” websites for fun holidays to share with the kids. There are entire indexes of these little-known, pseudo-official holidays, and they’re worth a look. Some of my favorites include Speak Like a Pirate Day (September 19), Bubble Wrap…

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Tinder-like app for play dates

There is quite a fascination with apps that connect people to meet based on a quick picture and a swipe left or right (yes, we’re talking about those dating apps like Tinder and Bumble). Make no mistake: We don’t condone the hook-up culture often associated with these apps, but it’s not an entirely bad way…

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Perks of being an older mother

“So when will you two be having kids?!” It’s the very well-meaning, but cringe-worthy question that, even if you weren’t the one being directly asked, you felt the pang of awkwardness. Or you may have been on the other side, the one asking the younger couples in your life with the best of intentions. Either way it seems…

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Olympic champ and actress open to life!

The Olympics is starting to wind down as we enter the final week and so much emotion and history has happened in such a short amount of time! One interview that caught our eye was with beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh Jennings. With three gold medals under her belt, she talked about the credit she…

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Dear Pope Francis

I seriously love this! Last month, Loyola Press and Pope Francis published his first children’s book entitled Dear Pope Francis. It’s actually the first children’s book ever published by a pope. Letters for the pope were gathered from children across the globe and 30 were selected to be answered and placed in the book. These questions ranged…

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Doritos commercial “anti-choice”?

On Super Bowl Sunday my family and I gave in to the national ritual of a Super Bowl party, after my dad gave the NFL some credit for getting nearly an entire nation to gather and party for a football game they don’t even necessarily care about (we sure didn’t). But nonetheless, we all went…

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