Preparing for Lent

By Kim Roberts

With the conclusion of Mardi Gras, and all its fun and festivities and family activities, it is time for penance and Lent.

I have been a mother for 26 years and, reflecting back, I am not sure that I have set an enthusiastic example for my children for Lent as I did for Mardi Gras.

We spend days on the parade route enjoying time together, parades, food and camaraderie with friends, which is important to do as a family, but shouldn’t we approach lent in much the same matter. Probably, without all the food and drinking though. Read More

Ten-minute challenge

By Ty Salvant


How much time a day do you spend communicating with your spouse? Research shows that married couples on average spend less than 10 minutes a day in meaningful dialogue. That’s not to say that they aren’t talking to each other at all, but with work, family and life responsibilities, couples’ conversations tend to focus on putting out fires or addressing needs as opposed to having a meaningful exchange.

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The Art of Giving Your Family to God

By Megan Lacourrege

The recent loss of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash has been heartbreaking. When these tragedies happen, we often find ourselves reflecting on our own lives. We may experience fear of our families enduring such tragedy. There may be gratitude for what we still have and terror in considering how we would manage without it. Read More

Seeking The Truth 

By Greg Zambrano 


How do we go through life and help our family, especially our children to not fall for lies? If we do not seek the truth, we will fall for lies.

Some time ago, when in church among a group of people that had gathered, someone mentioned that evil and lies lurk everywhere. This is true, I was thinking. They said that we must know and study the evils out there so we won’t be their victim. This way, you can see them coming and react. Read More

Loved at My Worst

By Shannon Haddad

Shannon HaddadOur 3-year-old has recently been entering into a new “threen-ager” phase where she has been experiencing a lot of “big feelings” and very little control over them.

The other day, after my fifth, unsuccessful attempt to fix her dress-up Elsa wig just so on her head, she had a complete and utter meltdown because the wig simply didn’t “feel” right. Read More

The Power of a Parent’s Blessing

By Leslie Bertucci

Ever since my children were young, I have made it a habit to bless them. I bless them while they lay in their beds at night, ready for sleep. I bless them in the car on the way to school. I bless them as they embark on a journey.

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Jesus School

By Kristy Solis

One of the most important decisions that you will have to make on behalf of your child is deciding where your child will be educated.  

When it came time to make this decision for our child, we had way too many options of schools. Post-Katrina education had a different

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It Takes Two to Tango

By Mary Bruno

As a Creighton Model Practitioner Intern, I often get a unique and somewhat intimate glimpse into the lives of many couples. Although it’s not as frequent as one might hope, one of the most touching things I get to witness is the man taking a particular interest in the fertility of the woman he loves.  Read More

Hey tired Moms everywhere, you can do this

By Kim Roberts

Being a mom is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but it is also one of the most challenging as well. Read More

For We Walk by Faith

By Kristen Bourgeois

At 5 days old, my oldest son Nathanael was rushed to the emergency room.  We were then transferred to Ochsner Jefferson campus, where he stayed and we lived for the next month. Read More

Carry On

By Charla Spalluto Misse

The NolaCatholicParenting writers all have such uplifting and positive outlooks.  In writing and in person, they are so amazing to me: role models for keeping their faith foremost. It is easy to see that they “let go and let God.” I marvel at their relentless pursuit of God’s design and their insightful perspectives. Read More