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Archive for Love – Page 2

Parents, Be Merciful to Your Children

“Only someone who has encountered mercy, who has been caressed by the tenderness of mercy, is happy and comfortable with the Lord.”  Pope Francis

Wednesday Links

Links to resources and articles for living out the 7 Building Blocks to a Joyful Catholic Home.  Here are some links for this week:

Love

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.”

Play

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.”

Gentle Discipline

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.

Radiant Faith

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.

Wednesday Links

Love

Love Starts with Babies by Darcia Narvaez, PhD.  “The way that caregivers love baby is the way baby will learn deep in their heart to love others. A supported, kept-calm baby will develop a sense of confidence and trust toward others.”  Yes!

Gentle Discipline

Parenting with Presence on-line summit FREE.  This is a free series of seminars presented by several experts. Not all of them are my cup of tea, but there are several speakers worth checking out, including Harville Hendrix (marriage counselor), Daniel Siegel (author of The Whole Brain Child), and Barbara Nicholson (founder of Attachment Parenting International).

When Kids Won’t Cooperate by Kim Cameron-Smith.  Understand the real nature of the “cooperative” child.

Radiant Faith

Lent ideas: Jessica at Shower of Roses offers this overview of what her family does for Lent — lots of great activities and links to inspire you.

Lent reading ideas:  Elizabeth Foss shares her Lenten “book basket” suggestions.

Wednesday Links

Love

Weak attachment to parents inhibits brains ability to fully experience pleasure.  How secure in your love your child feels in childhood predicts how hard he’ll have to work as an adult to feel good, to flourish emotionally.  “Early neurological pairing of threat and love creates an ambivalent attachment that inhibits healthy brain development.   Early stress (spanking, yelling, neglecting) creates neurological ambivalence in the child that endures throughout life.What does this mean?  It means that the mitigating influence of the parent is much more of a potential source of threat (as well as comfort) than any other source in the environment.  As parents, we are the emotional and neurological buffer to our children that promotes their future relational happiness.  Even a little hostility can hurt.”

Play

Why “Pretend Play” Is Important.  Pretend play is stimulating and fun, and that’s reason enough to do it. But might it also bring out the best in kids?

Radiant Faith

Here are some links to resources to make your Valentines Day Catholic-centric!

The Roots of Valentines Day

Printable Catholic Valentines

Valentines Day FEAST Ideas!

Gentle Discipline

The Importance of Routines:  Week 6 in Jane Nelsen’s 52 weeks of positive discipline tools.

Wednesday Links

Each week (or so) I will publish links to resources and articles that might helpful in living out the 7 Building Blocks to a Joyful Catholic Home.  Here are some links for this week:

Love, Empathy, Gentle Discipline

Bedtime for Toddlers:  Timing Is Everything.  Bedtime can be a real struggle for parents, especially with toddlers.  I found this study interesting, because my eldest son, according to my hubby, has a “late body clock.”  I always thought that sounded strange, but here’s a study to support Philip’s opinion!  If you have a toddler who fights bedtime, and you’re wondering whether he’s just not tired, this study might give you some food for thought.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Babies:  an article by Notre Dame professor Darcia Narvaez about the unique needs and capacities of infants.

Radiant Faith

Salt Dough Baby Jesus.  I couldn’t resist sharing this one on CAPC’s FB page!  Super cute and easy hands on activity to do with your littles this week.

Creating a Yes Environment by Charisse Tierney. Charisse reflects on how we can say yes more often in our homes and our spiritual lives.

 

Wednesday Links

Each week (or so) I will publish links to resources and news stories that are relevant to one of our 7 Building Blocks.  This week:

Love and Empathy

Stress in Babies:  How Parents Can Keep Their Babies Calm and Healthy by Gwen Dewar

Radiant Faith

15 Steps to Better Evangelization by Father Ed Broom.  Practical tips for how to be “fishers of men” including our own kids!

Gentle Discipline

Violence, A Family Tradition:  A TedX Talk by Robbyn Peters Bennett.  How adverse child experiences, including spanking, affects a child’s brain and long-term health and well-being.

A Strong Marriage

Build a Marriage that Taps Into God’s Love “This is a generation that has a real fear about making marriage work, and they’re hungry to figure out how to do it so they don’t end up making the same mistakes they see everyone else making and experiencing that agonizing pain.”

Welcome to Intentional Catholic Parenting

kimlydiaWelcome to our new website devoted to exploring the concept of “intentional Catholic parenting,” especially through “The 7 Building Blocks to a Joyful Catholic Home” parenting model.  This site will offer articles and links to relevant resources and research on how we can live intentionally with our children.

Here’s a description of “intentional Catholic parenting.”