5 minutes that have changed my day

This fall 5 minutes in the car in the morning have changed my day. These five minutes coupled with the fact that I stopped “reading” the readings from daily Mass has made a big impact in both my life and in my family.

This school year we were forced to change schools as our parish school closed. We are at a new school called Aquinas Academy that we absolutely love, but one of the difficulties we were faced with was an earlier start and our kids were given an early bus pickup time. Luckily, we worked it out that I would drop the kids off at school on my way to work and the bus would take them home.

During the morning car ride, we started a new routine that I believe has greatly impacted our family. It’s about a 15-minute car ride to school and for 5 minutes of that time, we started a new routine of listening to the Mass readings via the USCCB Podcast.

After listening to the readings, each kid shares anything that they would like to pray for that day. I lead a prayer...

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How to be in the top 8%

new year resolutions Jan 10, 2018

Did you know that only 8% of people achieve their new year’s resolutions? (I read that on the internet so it must be true.) Although we are over a week into the new year, it’s not too late to make a resolution that sticks. 

I’ve made a lot of resolutions when it comes to parenting that I’ve failed at. Most of these failed resolutions have to do with my lack of patience.

  • “I am not going to lose my temper. I will be patient”
  • “I am won’t bribe my kids anymore.” 
  • “We won’t be late for church again.”

I’ve failed at these many times.

I’ve come to believe the best resolutions we can make as Catholic parents are in relationship to our faith journey and helping our kids in theirs. Perhaps you have heard the saying “you can’t give what you don’t have.” 

I want to suggest that one of your new year’s resolutions is being committed to knowing and receiving the love...

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Why you should run away from Parenting “Experts”

Uncategorized Dec 07, 2017

Run.

Run as fast as you can from the “expert” who knows everything about your child or knows how to fix everything.  Why? Your kids are unique and so are you. There are no easy answers that universally answer all our parenting questions and issues.

It seems like a couple of times a year in our house we have this routine happen. One of the kids gets a cold, and it sticks around for a few days. After a few days, our child gets a fever and no other symptoms. They don't complain of ear pain, but my wife has become the expert at being able to identify if they have an ear infection. When we call the doctor and explain that we are relatively sure they have an ear infection, they are skeptical. More often than not, my wife’s intuition is right. When it comes to your kids, the only expert they need is you.

We don't need experts, but we do need a “Q.”

If you’ve ever watched a James Bond movie, you’ll remember Q as the head of the fictional...

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