Four Tips for Discipleship Parenting
“Kids will never learn if you don’t punish them.”
Let’s think about that for a moment.
A while ago, my son had picked up
this habit of growling. He growled when he was playing. He growled at his
sisters. He growled when I said something he didn’t like.
It drove me absolutely bonkers.
I tried every punishment I could to get him to stop.
I put him in time out. Separated him from the rest of the family. I took away his toys. His screen time. I sent him to his room. I yelled at him. I cut sugar from his diet. I could go on and on.
Nothing worked, of course.
Continue reading “What To Do When Punishment Doesn’t Cut it”
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After a long day of outdoor play, my husband tucked our three weary kids in bed. I tiptoed into the quiet bedroom to give each of them one extra kiss. As I bent over their sleeping heads, I thought about what my heart desires for my kids.
I want them to be active and adventurous. To explore outdoors. To grow in strength and confidence in their bodies.
I want them to have a love of learning. To be curious. To stretch their minds through reading and critical thinking.
And I want them to know God. To be familiar and comfortable with Sacred Scripture and the Traditions of the Church. To love Jesus.
But I often feel these goals are threatened by the lure of modern technology. Continue reading “Superbook: faith-based screen time your kids will love”
What makes a good mom?
A little while back, I guest posted on The Koala Mom about what it means to be a Love Rebel Mom. In short: I’m dedicated to my vocation. God called me to be a mom, and I’m going to be a darn good one.
So Anni over at Beautiful Camouflaged Mess of a Life challenged me to prove it. In her rocking motherhood post, she shared what makes her a good mom, and tagged me to do the same with practical examples from my own life.
As I brainstormed my supermom qualities, I realized everything on my list was more about the mom I want to be than the mom I am right now. And I struggled to identify real life ways I actually rock motherhood every day.
So I asked my kids. Continue reading “Rocking Motherhood”
For all the babywearing moms.
I strapped my tantruming 2-yo to my back, rolled up my sleeves, and dug into the dishes, hoping the closeness and the movement would help her calm down.
The cries eventually turned to whimpers. The whimpers to sighs. The sighs to silence. She was asleep.
Time to lay her down for a nap.
But first I stepped into the bathroom to scoop up the dirty clothes for the laundry. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. My silhouette was augmented with extra appendages. Little tiny fingers, toes, arms, and legs, were peeking out from the left and right.
And stared. Continue reading “I Have Extra Arms and Extra legs”
Jesus waits in the Tabernacle, saying, “Let the little children come to me.” Bring your kids to Mass and Adoration!
I could almost feel the disapproving glares of the parishioners behind me burning holes in the back of my head, but I didn’t dare turn and look.
Continue reading “Why (And How) to Bring Your Kids to Adoration”
Today I snapped. It was the last straw. My son defied me, disobeyed me, one time too many. I could hear my mind screaming, “What punishment can I think of that will make him so miserable he will never want to act like this again?” It’s times like this that I need to step back, take a break, and work hard to be gentle and loving in my parenting.
Continue reading “Discipline Like the Garden of Eden”