Raising Children

What Is Homeschooling, and Am I Qualified to Homeschool My Child?

By Susan Ciancio / June 25, 2024 /
bookshelf with classic books

The education of children is of vital importance. And it’s a parent’s first responsibility. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that parents “bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues.” Understanding…

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The Role of the Family and Parental Rights

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 3, 2024 /

“The family, a natural society, exists prior to the State or any other community, and possesses inherent rights which are inalienable.” ― Charter of the Rights of the Family Societies once almost universally respected the family and the rights of parents to raise and educate their children, recognizing the family’s unique role as the essential…

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Pope Francis Underpopulation: Children are not a Burden

By Marisa Cantu / May 20, 2024 /
Pope Francis on NFP and Birth Rates

Pope Francis mourned the effects of contraception last week. In a speech, he said, “What future do we have? It is ugly. […] Homes are filled with objects and emptied of children, becoming very sad places. There is no shortage of little dogs, cats…there is a lack of children.” Italy’s fertility rate has dropped dramatically…

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Is Sexual Violence Porn-Driven?

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / May 6, 2024 /
violence, man threatening woman, oppression

Warning: This column includes some descriptions of a mature and disturbing nature. Reader discretion is advised. Recently, a woman by the name of Kitty published a book about a year during which she decided to experiment with casual sex. Her self-stated purpose was to shake off a deep aversion she had felt towards sex ever…

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Permissive Parenting

By Susan Ciancio / January 19, 2024 /
little girl using a phone

They say that children don’t come with a handbook. And that’s true. But if they did, it would hold amazing insight from a woman named Diana Baumrind. Baumrind was a developmental psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960s. After studying the behavior of preschool children, she found that there is a…

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The Uninvolved Parenting Style

By Susan Ciancio / December 2, 2022 /
child, little boy, curly hair

Building stable and healthy families is of paramount importance, to the family itself but also to our society. In order to do that, we must raise our children to be good, moral people. This takes effort. It takes love. And it takes time and devotion. These are just some of the actions of loving and…

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Responding to Same-Sex Attraction as a Catholic Parent

By Susan Ciancio / March 18, 2022 /
Mother Having Serious Conversation With Teenage Daughter At Home

Navigating our children’s emotional, spiritual, and mental health is a huge part of parenting. It’s a responsibility that most do not take lightly. And when our children hurt in any way, we also hurt. That empathy is part of the immense love that parents have for offspring. When we see our children hurting, we want…

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Facing Life’s Challenges as a Single Catholic Mother

By Susan Ciancio / January 8, 2020 /

I’ve thought of the famous “Footprints in the Sand” poem often over the last several years. Just the idea that God would say to me, “My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of suffering, when you could see only one set of footprints, it was then that I…

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“Mommy, What’s Abortion?”

By Susan Ciancio / July 24, 2019 /
mother and daughter

The taking of a tiny human being’s life is not only a grave evil and a grievous sin, but a very difficult topic to broach with children. How does a parent explain to a child that there are people out there who not only advocate for the killing of babies, but who revel in the…

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Protecting Your Kids From Premarital Sex

By Susan Ciancio / June 19, 2019 /

Our world is saturated and infatuated with sex. We see scantily-clad women on billboards and on TV advertisements. We see ads on TV for birth control pills, for IUDs, and for the little blue pill for men. We hear about sex in song lyrics, in jokes on TV, and in the news. It’s no wonder…

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