Listen, SonPublished in 1952 by the Franciscan Herald Press. A father's talks on the facts of life and Catholic ideals of social conduct. Twelve heart-to-heart talks of a father and son, broken down in different age periods.
Mother's Little HelperPublished in 1952 by the Franciscan Herald Press. Twelve heart-to-heart talks of a mother to her daughter. A helper for the mother in the difficult task of instruction and training their growing daughters.
Our Children's Year of Graceby Therese Mueller (1955). Considerations for use in the home - school by parents who wish to teach their children to live throughout the year with Christ and his Church.
And Rachel Mournedby Marianna Bartold. A story of a homebirth without a happy ending. This is also a story of the mistakes we can make when we trust our human nature and understanding too much, and God's too little.
Corner on the Worry MarketElizabeth Foss gives a personal example of how worry instead of faith accomplishes nothing and how the things that might cause us to worry can be an opportunity to be faithful and trust in God.
Fatherhood of Godby Mark Kelly. This Scriptural reflection on Fatherhood shows that establishing or heading a family, feeding it and maintaining it are essential to an understanding of what it means to be a father.
Gotta Catch Em All!: The Pokemon Crazeby Charles Colson. In an era awash in media it's hard to distance our kids from companies that see them as just another target to exploit. In effect, these companies are telling our children the Bible gets it wrong when it says, "Thou shalt not covet." Indeed, Pokemon's advertising slogan - "Gotta Catch 'Em All!" - teaches kids that coveting is cool, that it's what life is all about. Kids are being indoctrinated in consumerism, big time.
Making Holy Cardsby Sheryl Hobbs A fun and easy way to customize Holy Cards for bookmarks or special gifts.
Mortal Foe of My Children: Invasion of the Imaginationfrom "A Landscape with Dragons: The Battle for Your Child's Mind" - Michael O'Brien. For all those teachers and parents who have felt uneasy - without quite know why - about the whole genre of modern children's fantasy, i.e. Goosebumps, Fear Street, and the Dune novels, here is Michael O'Brien's incisive analysis, showing precisely what the problem is and how such materials can contribute to the corruption of a child's conscience and their understanding of their proper place in the universe. This should be read after the chapter "The New Illiteracy".
Mortal Foe of My Children: The New Illiteracyfrom "A Landscape with Dragons: The Battle for Your Child's Mind" - Michael O'Brien. Scientific studies have shown conclusively that within thirty seconds of watching television, a viewer enters a measurable trancelike state. This allows the material shown to bypass the critical faculty, so that images and ideas are absorbed by the mind without conscious reflection. Even when the contents of a program are not grossly objectionable, hours of boredom and nonsense are tolerated, because the viewer keeps hoping insanely that the show will get better. Television beguiles many of the senses at once, and the viewer is locked into its pace in order not to "miss anything".
Mortal Foe of My Children: Vigilance, Paranoia, and Uncle Waltfrom "A Landscape with Dragons: The Battle for Your Child's Mind" - Michael O'Brien. Michael O'Brien reviews all the major Disney films in terms of the moral lessons they teach our children. While some of the early films are quite good, more recent Disney remakes of the timeless classics tend to trivialize the characters and strip the tales of their original moral content. The most important lessons many of the new "Disney classics" convey are consumerism and pragmatism rather than virtue and character. Playing around with supernatural powers and manipulating others is just fine as long as it helps one get what one wants. Traditional religious people tend to be represented as either corrupt hypocrites or foolish clowns.
Mortal Foe of My Children: Where Is It All leading?from "A Landscape with Dragons: The Battle for Your Child's Mind" - Michael O'Brien. About 40 years ago there began a culture-shift that steadily gathered momentum, a massive influx of children's literature that appeared good on the surface but was fundamentally disordered became the new majority.
MotherBeautiful poem by Cardinal Mindszenty praising motherhood.
Not Quite Narnia: The Harry Potter booksby Jason Boffetti. With five million copies in hardcover and three million in paperback, the Harry Potter series is a dramatic success. But not everyone is wild about Harry.
Parents and Schools and Human Sexuality.by the Couple to Couple League. A Couple to Couple League Press release discussing recent debate over the rights, responsibility and role of parents, and educators in this subject.
Reading, Writing, 'Rithmetic, and RitalinAn estimated two million children have been labeled with Attention Deficit Disorder and are taking a powerful drug to treat it. Yet there are many questions regarding the diagnosis of this "disease."
Subversive Masculinityby Sarah E Hinlicky. Promiscuity undermines masculinity. Fatherhood perfects it. The time has come to reconnect masculinity and morality. Giving in to lust and money and cultural pressures is just so easy. Winning the heart of a good woman, raising a child to love and fear the Lord, and contributing to a worthy vocation are not so easy. But they are the signs of a real man.
Teaching Maturity and Considerateness at Homeby James Stenson. James Stenson provides a brief, but clear outline of what exactly we mean when we speak of maturity, why it is so important, and how to go about teaching it in the home and at school.
There's a Stranger in Your Houseby Jerry McGuire . There's a stranger in your house. On average, every day that stranger talks to our children more than most parents do in a month. We allow the stranger to teach them things and use language for which we would have a real stranger arrested. Without hesitation, the stranger mocks parents, belittles people of honor, makes fun of moral values, denies honorable beliefs, and scoffs at family and cultural traditions. Fortunately, the stranger is not entirely evil. Like any visitor, it has characteristics of value and interest. However, its behavior and influence on the lives of our children must be monitored.
Why I Have So Many Kids.by Catherine Fournier. My conversion story. In it, I relate how through the growth of my family, my understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith and my vocation in it, also grew.