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Difference Makes a Difference

By Charla Spalluto Misse As parents, we are responsible for monitoring our children’s growth and providing for their development. We regularly benchmark their scholastic, emotional and physical progress usually with input from their teachers, coaches and other caregivers. Typically, there are broad ranges of acceptable performance by age, providing children some “room to grow.”

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When your child’s dream dies

By Kim Roberts Parenting is a tough and sometimes heartbreaking gig. But, what exactly do you do when you are on the sidelines watching your child’s dream die? A bit dramatic I know, but at the time that is what it looks and feels like, and you are powerless to fix it.

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Faith Not Fear

By Stacy LaMorte We have a responsibility as Catholic parents, now that Masses around the city have been cancelled to continue to profess the word of God to our children. They are not getting this reinforcement at school in daily prayer and Religion/Catechism classes so we, being their parents, need to step up and make […]

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Let’s Make Charity Go Viral

By Mary Bruno Covid-19 is the 2020 party crasher no one anticipated. These are no doubt unusual and unprecedented times calling for mass individual quarantines and causing some widespread panic. Part of the fear caused by this “invisible” enemy is due to how easily it is spread. Scientists state that it could be passed from […]

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When you least expect It; reminding others of his presence

By Ana Borden Our youngest surprises me with the most tender gestures on a daily basis. He puts the needs of everyone else around him first in the most genuine and unexpected moments, especially when he pauses, looks at me and says, “I love you, MaMa.”   Each and every time, as my soul softens with […]

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Living Lent Simply

By Sarah McDonald With a house full of children, we try very hard to find simple joys in life. One thing, however, we do not do simply is eat. My husband and I LOVE to cook, trying new recipes or changing up favorite ones to make them our own. I consider some of my proudest […]

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Do Unto Others …

By Stacy Lamorte I feel safe in saying that all of us have had a time when our child felt left out, isolated or ostracized from their friends. It is not easy to watch. We knew the best advice we could give our child was to look for someone else at school who may be […]

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Preparing for Lent

By Kim Roberts With the conclusion of Mardi Gras and all its fun, 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 […]

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Engaging in Works of Mercy as a family

By Derek Rotty I have just written elsewhere that Lent is about conversion, and that the works of mercy are a primary way of turning more fully toward Jesus. But, how is that supposed to work for families? After all, kids have lots of sports practices, they need to be bathed, and, at the end […]

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God’s Timeline is Perfect

By Gaby Smith I’m not sure who needs to hear this, but God’s timeline is perfect. I would say that a lot of the time, it doesn’t align with my timeline, my schedule or my routine. If it did align with our schedules, how spontaneous would life be?

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“No House is More Beautiful than Ours”

By Sarah McDonald When I was a little girl, I dreamt of how I would decorate my house for Christmas. I knew exactly what I wanted with white lights, garland, and crystals sparkling. Well, all of my grandiose ideas of elegance came crashing down this past Christmas as I looked around my child-decorated house that […]

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