Links to resources and articles for living out the 7 Building Blocks to a Joyful Catholic Home. Here are some links for this week:
The Importance of Friendship for School-Age Children: How our love and affection can shape our child’s ability to form close friendships which is important for social thriving. “Parents play a crucial role in their child’s social development. A child is not born with social skills. He needs parents who take an active role in preparing him to interact successfully with his peers. The most important thing parents can do for their child is to develop a loving, accepting, and respectful relationship with him.”
The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten: “One of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten.”
2 great links about teens!
Jobs: Why Teenagers Don’t Do Chores and How to Use Follow-Through: 4 steps to effective follow-through with teenagers!
Teens Don’t Need to Rebel: A great commentary from Dr. Greg Popcak on why it’s actually a recent cultural phenomenon for teenagers to rebel and 5 tips for preventing teen rebellion.
St. Joseph Altar: I had never heard of this tradition which started in Sicily. This article gives a great background and simple ways to make your own St. Joseph altar.