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Alpha Mom

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Managing Your Child's ‘Lizard Brain': Tips from a two-decade elementary school principal

A kindergarten student with strawberry blonde ringlets covering his head was steered into the elementary school office by one of the teachers' aides. The principal walked out of his office to greet the child before they could reach the door.

“Hello! It is your lucky day today,” the principal, Brad Wirht, said to the child with a smile. “You have the opportunity to talk to me and learn how to be an even better student!” His voice boomed with enthusiasm. To my surprise, the child didn't look nervous or scared; [...]

Thu, Sep 20, 2018
Source: Alpha Mom
Upcycling Damaged Books into Purses (supplies) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com #UpcycledCrafts #PurseCraft #KidsCraft #CraftingWithKids

I shudder when it comes to crafting undamaged books. However, if you have damaged hard-covered books or when at a used books store or book fair ask whether they have a “damaged books” pile. Here, we teach you how to upcycle or repurpose damaged hard-covered books into a purse to give it new life.

Supplies needed to :

cardboard a damaged hard-covered book ribbon an exacto knife or box cutter a metal straight edge hot glue (or regular glue if you have more patience) 1 yard of chain

Step one: Deconstruct your damaged book. You can do this by carefully cutting the pages along the [...]

Mon, Sep 17, 2018
Source: Alpha Mom

Catholic Icing

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

Carrots for Michaelmas

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Catholic Mom

Catholic Mom: "We celebrate all things Faith, Family, and Fun from a Catholic perspective."

Today's Gospel: Luke 8:4-15

Today's gospel is probably very familiar. It is the parable of the sower that is included in all three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). I recently read an interesting explanation of this tale. It asserted that it is the sower's fault that the seed falls on infertile ground. The sower did not take the time to properly prepare the ground for the seed.

This made sense to me even with the limited gardening experience I have. I wouldn't just throw seed on the ground and hope it would yield fruit. No, I [...]

Sat, Sep 22, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom
"The Sacred Heart of Jesus: A Place to Go with your troubles" by Emily Jaminet (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2018 Emily Jaminet. All rights reserved.

We learn this in Matthew 8:23: “Suddenly a violent storm came upon the sea so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep … ‘Lord, save us we are perishing!'… He said to them, ‘Why are you terrified, O you of little faith.'”

How many of us have cried this same prayer to the Lord at some point in our lives? We need Christ to renew and restore our lives every day and learn how to trust Him even in the midst of the storms that pop up [...]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom
"Help them be holy" by Sheri Wohlfert (CatholicMom.com)

Image credit: Pixabay (2014), CC0 Public Domain

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)

My dad always taught us that if we borrowed something, no matter what it was, we should return it in better condition than it was when we borrowed it.

I'm pretty sure that applies to our children too. Before our first baby was born, my grandma told me that the children I would bear weren't mine, rather, they were a precious gifts on loan from the Father and it was our [...]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom
"The clothes chute" by Merridith Frediani (CatholicMom.com)

Image credit: Joe Goldberg (2005), Flickr, CC BY SA 2.0

A clothes chute is one of my favorite features in a house. Perhaps it reminds me of the house I grew up in. Perhaps I am, at heart, somewhat lazy. Perhaps because I lived in a house without one and lugging dirty clothes down to the basement is aggravating.

A clothes chute is a luxury. I hope to one day meet the genius who invented this simple yet spectacular home component. It not only gets the smelly items down to the washer, it is highly efficient use of space, nestled [...]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom

In our Hangout this week, Abby Watts is talking about the routine of motherhood, along with some ideas to break you out of a funk!

Join us for this fun & inspiring CatholicMom Hangout. And be sure to add your thoughts, questions & ideas in the comments!

Copyright 2018 Abby Watts

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Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom

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Dr. Sears

Tips for Gas Relief for Baby

Question: Hi Dr. Sears and Martha! I have a question about gas relief! I have a 9-week-old boy who is happy but often cries inconsolably from gas. He is exclusively breastfeeding (EBF) and I have tried limiting my diet and using gripe water but at this point, I'm just waiting this out. My first son was a MAJOR high needs baby, so I'm used to extended periods of crying, but I just feel like he is hurting badly and I want him to get some relief! Nighttime is the worst. Any help would be greatly [...]

Mon, Sep 17, 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 have been focusing 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 [...]

Tue, Sep 18, 2018
Source: New Evangelizers

In our last article in this series, we focused on the ills that Pope Paul VI predicted would happen if contraceptives became widely adopted. And it turns out that Paul was a prophet to our generation, one who has been largely ignored. However, there are two other great issues that have become much more common in our world because people ignore Humanae Vitae: abortion and homosexuality.

1.Abortion.

One of the reasons the Church opposes contraceptives is because we oppose abortion. It should be noted that many things that are sold as contraceptives, for example IUDs, are not actually contraceptives. [...]

Mon, Sep 17, 2018
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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