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Recipes Kids Should Know: How to Make Tuna Salad from Alpha Mom

When I was a kid, my mom pretty much always offered the same two sandwich options for lunch: peanut butter and jam (or honey) and tuna salad. These many years later every time I taste tuna salad I am immediately transported to my childhood!

Since tuna sandwiches were such a common food during my childhood, it was one of the very first things I learned how to make in the kitchen. As such, I think it's a meal that kids should know how to make before leaving home.

Then, when I got married, I discovered that my husband had grown [...]

Fri, Aug 18, 2017
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How to Make Pom-Pom Crafts by Brenda Ponnay for

Pom-pom mania has hit it big time at our house.

They are so easy to make and really fun to play with too. In fact, whenever I kicked my kids off their electronic devices this summer, pom-pom making was their next favorite activity.

Fine with me! I stocked up on yarn and let them go to town.

They made so many pom-poms we started incorporating them into back-to-school fashion! Backpack zipper pull, check! Dangly earrings (that they probably can't wear in school but were fun to make anyway) check! Pompom headbands, [...]

Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: Alpha Mom

Dear Amy:

Your advice has gotten me through the first three years of my twins' life (4 If you include my pregnancy) and I'm hoping you can help me now, too.

I started potty training my boy/girl twins at about 22 months. We did the boot camp method, and it worked really well for my daughter, but my son couldn't have possibly cared less. She hated when the pee ran down her legs, so stopped peeing anywhere but in the potty. She hasn't had a problem since. For him, apparently, the nice thing about a penis [...]

Mon, Aug 14, 2017
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Today's Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28 – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Canaanite woman gives a great example of how to pray. She comes on the scene shouting, crying out to Jesus in a loud voice. She must have been annoying, since the disciples basically ask Jesus to get rid of her. The woman didn't make her request only once, but kept on shouting after them. It would seem like Jesus should have responded right away, but He simply ignores her and doesn't say anything to her at all.

Undaunted, the woman presents her case. She's not asking for herself, [...]

Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom

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Readings for August 20, 2017: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The apostles thought she was a nuisance and asked Jesus to get rid of her. Jesus had gone to the region of Tyre and Sidon, modern-day Lebanon, and a local woman approached him for a favor. This was pagan country, home turf of the infamous Jezebel. The inhabitants of these parts were fondly referred to as “dogs” by their Jewish neighbors, who viewed them as unclean.

Did Jesus too regard these people with disdain? At first glance, it [...]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom
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Woman: Strong Faith, True Beauty” opened its first season on Shalom World TV in Fall 2016.

The series is hosted by the author of True Radiance, Lisa Mladinich and her co-hosts, Andrea Vasquez and Christie Young. The show brings the vocation, spirituality and dignity of woman to the forefront with relatable topics and stories of accomplished Catholic women from around the world.

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Sat, Aug 19, 2017
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Today's Gospel: Matthew 19:13-15

As a mother, it is easy for me to think of my own children when I read today's Gospel passage from Matthew.

From their infancy, my husband and I have constantly brought our children to Jesus. We first brought them to the Lord when we asked to have them baptized as sons and daughters of God. Then, we brought them to Him every Sunday at Holy Mass. Even when they were squirmy and fussy, we had them with us at church. At times, it felt like some of our fellow parishioners acted like the disciples [...]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
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"Praying through distractions" by Charisse Tierney (

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“Those tiny, buzzing flies–our wayward thoughts–do not interrupt the recollection of the heart.” — Jacque Philippe, Time for God

Ever since my baby daughter had open-heart surgery, acquaintances and friends have asked me a common question, “How did you get through it? Weren't you a mess?”

I won't tell you that I never shed any tears, or that I moved forward through the days before her surgery with a perpetual smile on my face and a skip in my step. It was a highly stressful time, and I constantly felt the full weight of that cross.

But [...]

Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom


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Warm Weather Safety Tips For Your Baby

Summer brings warmer weather which means you can enjoy playtime outside with your kids instead of being cooped up in the house all day. Some parents are tempted to just stay indoors all day with their little ones where play is organized and clean. But the outdoors provides some unique experiences for babies and toddlers that they just don't get inside the house. When you do plan to take baby outdoors in the warm weather, make sure you are prepared and follow these simple summertime safety tips to keep baby safe.

Get out of the [...]

Tue, Aug 15, 2017
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Sunday Readings for August 20, 2017, the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The apostles thought she was a nuisance and asked Jesus to get rid of her. Jesus had gone to the region of Tyre and Sidon, modern-day Lebanon, and a local woman approached him for a favor. This was pagan country, home turf of the infamous Jezebel. The inhabitants of these parts were fondly referred to as “dogs” by their Jewish neighbors, who viewed them as unclean.

Did Jesus too regard these people with disdain? At first glance, it appears so. She cries out, “Lord, son of David, [...]

Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

It's summer and baseball season and that brings to mind a metaphor that we could apply to a lot of things. In this case I think it can be used to bring home a point about our faith: “Catholicism is not a spectator sport!” The Parable of the Sower is what brings this to mind for me. You know, the passage talks about, unprotected dirt, cluttered rocky dirt, too little dirt, hot dirt, overgrown dirt and finally, good soil. Often times we don't pay nearly enough attention to the quality of our dirt.

All jokes/metaphors aside, let's take a closer look [...]

Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to Holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God is eternal Life in Christ Jesus Our Lord.” (Romans 6:22-23, NIV)

I am the only one who can separate myself from God. Rather harsh criticism of myself, but true nonetheless. It has taken me many years to realize the choices I made were separating me from God. What was even more disturbing was the degree [...]

Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

One of Jesus' most challenging parables is the one about the Dishonest Steward in Luke 16. In that story, a wealthy man is about to dismiss one of his stewards for being dishonest. The steward, wanting to ingratiate himself with those in debt to his master, reduces their debt to the master. The parable ends with the master commending the dishonest steward for acting prudently.

It is important to enter into its context, where the dishonesty of the steward was in the beginning of the story, not the end. Many misunderstand the parable, thinking that the master [...]

Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

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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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