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Alpha Mom

Alpha Mom: "We try to help women embrace motherhood with confidence."
Learn About New Auto Technology for Teen Driver Safety (and your sanity)

My first car was a Dodge Aspen, a giant plain-Jane sedan that could traverse snow and ice in the tundra of northern Indiana in the winter. When it arrived in my parents' driveway, it had a simple AM radio and that's it; to my teenage sensibilities, that was not going to cut it. I had 80s tunes to crank up.

The new stereo was my joy and my safety nemesis. I, like most teenagers, didn't have the kind of driving training or experience yet that would keep me from attempting to change the radio station, or plug in [...]

Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Source: Alpha Mom

Hi Amy,

I've read your advice to others on this subject, but haven't stumbled across anything specific to our situation, so I would love your, and your reader's, perspective!

I am 29 weeks pregnant with my second baby boy, and like so many others, my husband and I have struggled to come up with a name that we both like, besides ONE name. My SIL (husband's sister) recently got a dog, and lo and behold, named the dog the name my husband and I agreed on, and were planning to use for our son. We have [...]

Mon, Jul 16, 2018
Source: Alpha Mom

Hi Amy,

I've read your advice to others on this subject, but haven't stumbled across anything specific to our situation, so I would love your, and your reader's, perspective!

I am 29 weeks pregnant with my second baby boy, and like so many others, my husband and I have struggled to come up with a name that we both like, besides ONE name. My SIL (husband's sister) recently got a dog, and lo and behold, named the dog the name my husband and I agreed on, and were planning to use for our son. We have [...]

Mon, Jul 16, 2018
Source: Alpha Mom
World Cup Finals 2018 Party Food Flags Here! (Croatia vs. France) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

The World Cup Soccer Finals 2018 Game is this Sunday (July 15th)! Are you ready for a festive world cup soccer-themed party? Whether you are throwing a big shin-dig with your all your football-loving friends or just hanging out with the family on the couch, we've got some party food toothpick flags for the big event that will kick things up a notch.

The game starts at 8am here in California so we are throwing a Croatian/French-themed breakfast! (But, you can use these food flag picks to decorate lunch or snacks where your watch party may be in the world). [...]

Fri, Jul 13, 2018
Source: Alpha Mom
World Cup Finals 2018 Party Food Flags Here! (Croatia vs. France) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

The World Cup Soccer Finals 2018 Game is this Sunday (July 15th)! Are you ready for a festive world cup soccer-themed party? Whether you are throwing a big shin-dig with your all your football-loving friends or just hanging out with the family on the couch, we've got some party food toothpick flags for the big event that will kick things up a notch.

The game starts at 8am here in California so we are throwing a Croatian/French-themed breakfast! (But, you can use these food flag picks to decorate lunch or snacks where your watch party may be in the world). [...]

Fri, Jul 13, 2018
Source: Alpha Mom

Catholic Icing

"The icing on your Catholic cake! - Info & Crafts for Kids"

Carrots for Michaelmas

Carrots for Michaelmas: "My little spot of the web to discuss faith, motherhood, literature..."
Catholic Hospital Bag

I am 38 weeks tomorrow. My baby girl continues to stubbornly stay breech and transverse in there so this week is chock full of chiropractor visits, more handstands at the pool, acupuncture, moxibustion, and if all that fails (as it has been) an external version at the hospital on Friday.

I am feeling very not in control of much right now. But I can pack my hospital bag (and I plan to take it with me on Friday just in case there's complications with the version and we need to switch gears for a c-section).

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This will be [...]

Mon, Jul 16, 2018
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas

Catholic Mom

Catholic Mom: "We celebrate all things Faith, Family, and Fun from a Catholic perspective."
"9 habits of strong Catholic famlies" by Jacek Malkowski (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2018 Jacek Malkowski. All rights reserved.

My wife and I created this list of nine habits to help our own family. Then families of our friends started asking about them, which is why we decided to prepare a complete program. In June 2018, the first seven families completed a full, nine-month program. To our amazement and joy, they decided to stay together and support each other even after the end of the program!

“Isn't my family strong enough, already?” Some ask. Or, even: “Am I not a good parent? I care for my family and provide everything that matters!”

Frankly, that [...]

Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom


Hello everyone! Welcome back from the past week. I hope your past seven days included moments you'd like to share.

The reason for this weekly feature is to encourage. We all have a thousand little voices in our head and out there in the real world, telling us (whether overtly or otherwise), to quit, to despair, or not to try at all. Small Success Thursday is about reminding ourselves not to quit, despair or fail to try.

So we spend each Thursday recalling moments which manifested joy, whether we noticed at the time or not, so that we can go forth this [...]

Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom
"Bringing up the gifts" by Deanna Bartalini (CatholicMom.com)

Image created in Canva with public-domain photo from Pixabay.

I recently, as in, about a month ago, left my parish job. It was my decision, it was quite amicable and the right thing to do for many reasons. But I feel a bit like a sea turtle on land. You see, I have worked in parish ministry for a very long time, and now I don't. Nor do I see myself going back to it. I'm not quite settled in, or is it out, in my new place as not the church lady.

I've been talking to God about all [...]

Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom

Today's Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

This Gospel reading is surely a fan favorite. Here it is, mid-July. School's out and so is the heat. Moms may be bearing the brunt of broken AC units and bored kids. Who doesn't need a little rest?

Yet, I can never hear this particular reading and not picture in my mind the antique oxen yoke that adorned the family room fireplace in my childhood home. “How can ‘rest' be associated with that brutal-looking contraption?” I'd think. Is He [...]

Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom
"Catholic summer reading for grownups" by Barb Szyszkiewicz (CatholicMom.com)

If you (like me) have children in school, then probably you (like me) are fighting the summer-reading battle. I wish my teen were more of an eager reader, but until his Catholic high school starts requiring biographies of World Cup soccer stars instead of literary classics for summer reading, I'll need to continue steeling myself for the fight. Being someone who loves reading and learning about all sorts of things, I've been enjoying a tall stack of new Catholic nonfiction.

Catholic Wisdom for a Mother's Heart

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle's writing has encouraged me as a mom ever since I stumbled [...]

Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom

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Dr. Sears

How to Set Boundaries and Help Your Kids Have a Healthy Balance with Technology

Do you struggle with modeling or helping your kids have a healthy balance with technology use? A study published in June 2018 by researchers at the University of Texas asked subjects to take a series of tests that required full cognitive attention. The researchers found that people who had their smartphones nearby — even though they were on silent — performed significantly worse than those whose phones were in another room. In other words, if your phone is nearby, you can never really stop thinking about it. [...]

Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Source: Ask Dr. Sears
How to Get Baby Interested in Solid Foods

Question: Is it okay for 11-month-old not be interested in solid foods at the table? She is hitting all her milestones, seems completely normal and chubby but still wants to nurse and doesn't seem interested in any solid foods at the table.

Answer: Two of our daughters (so maybe it is more of a girl thing?) were not at all interested in table food at this age. One of them was 15 months old before she caught on that table food was for eating. She loved the social setting of meal time and enjoyed [...]

Mon, Jul 16, 2018
Source: Ask Dr. Sears
The Natural Benefits of Breastfeeding and Breastmilk

Mothers and babies are the top national treasures in every country. And breastmilk is every country's top natural resource. Science agrees. The incidence of nearly every serious disease you don't want your child to get is lower the longer a baby is breastfed. From head-to-toe, a breastfed baby enjoys these health benefits: smarter brains, clearer vision, better dental alignment, healthier hearts, good gut health, fewer cancers, a lower risk of SIDS, and much more. And, besides being healthier for babies, breastfeeding is healthier for mothers: faster postpartum recovery and pregnancy weight loss; promotes mother-infant [...]

Fri, Jul 13, 2018
Source: Ask Dr. Sears

New Evangelizers

New Evangelizers

For the husband is the head of the wife, even

As Christ is the head of the church:

And he is the savior of the body.

Therefore as the church is subject

Unto Christ, so let wives be

To their own husbands

in everything.

(Ephesians 5: 23-24, KJV)

During this time of Christ's crucifixion, resurrection and ascension we focus on what Jesus did during His short time on earth. He was sent as a symbol of the new covenant God wanted with all his people. As married couples, we also are symbols of God's new covenant. Just like Jesus and the [...]

Tue, Jul 17, 2018
Source: New Evangelizers

Brandon Vogt

Brandon Vogt - blogging, writing, speaking

A couple exciting items about my new book, Why I Am Catholic (And You Should Be Too).

First, the book recently earned a 1st Place Award from the Catholic Press Association for being this year's best “Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith.” So exciting!

Second, I was recently interviewed about the book by Angelus News, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The reporter sent me several questions via email but, due to space, was only able to quote a few lines for the final piece.

I asked if I could just share the full interview here on [...]

Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Source: Brandon Vogt

The Catholics Next Door

"Living Out Our Catholic Faith in Today's World"

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Make Prayer a Practice

As enthusiastically as we accept a close friend's invitation to a backyard picnic, we need to model to our children to accept God's invitation to share yourself with him in prayer. God is with you always and everywhere and you can most certainly model and pray whenever and wherever you want! If you pray daily together, you will build the practice of daily prayer for yourself and set that example for your child.

How do you build this practice? We build practices simply by doing something over and over again...until they become second nature. (The regularity is more important than the length!) Prayer is not a chore to complete, but rather a gift. Remind yourself that this is actually good for you, like a plant that needs sunshine and water, you need spiritual enrichment. Designating a special time and place is helpful. Make a sacred space in your home, a little oasis. Have your children help to decorate it by including their own pictures and notes to God, a Bible, a flower in a vase, a candle, a crucifix, your rosary, etc. Remove the pressure of trying to "impress" God with the "right words". You don't have to prove yourself to God. Just be present...let God do the work! Make sure every special occasion includes family prayer...birthdays, family meals, the loss of a pet, the birth of a baby, an illness, both joyful and sad. Say grace before meals...even in restaurants.

Children learn from their parents. One of the best things we can teach is the practice of daily prayer. The family is the first and most important "teacher"...where children not only learn to pray, but to worship God, to love, to forgive, and to work together.

-- Mrs. Sandy Robertson
Principal Mother Teresa Catholic Academy
The Diocese of Joliet
Crete, Illinois 

 

Dear Parents With Young Children in Church

Jamie Bruesehoff 

Blogger, 'I Am Totally *That* Mom'

Posted: 09/14/2013 10:03 am

You are doing something really, really important. I know it's not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired. Parenting is tiring. Really tiring.

I watch you bounce and sway trying to keep the baby quiet, juggling the infant car seat and the diaper bag as you find a seat. I see you wince as your child cries. I see you anxiously pull things out of your bag of tricks to try to quiet them.

And I see you with your toddler and your preschooler. I watch you cringe when your little girl asks an innocent question in a voice that might not be an inside voice let alone a church whisper. I hear the exasperation in your voice as you beg your child to just sit, to be quiet as you feel everyone's eyes on you. Not everyone is looking, but I know it feels that way...(read more)

 

When satan steals your motherhood

  Christie Elkins  Blogger, 'Letters from the Nest'

It is there, and it creeps up like a silent killer. Maybe it is the wet underwear that you found floating in the hallway bathroom. Or the cat food that has been flung out on the floor like tiny marbles waiting to trip up a passerby. Or the loud thumping and yelling and tantruming as if we live in some sort of primal age where roaring and beating your chest were the only way to get other’s attention.

And all of that madness and anger? It wasn’t the kids. It was me.  The mother. The one who left a pair of Superman undies in a bathroom we rarely use for days, fed the cat without my glasses after someone else forgot, and the loud, obnoxious, downright scary human being I can be when I have just had more than I can handle...(read more)

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