Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Continue

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I remember the day we brought our eldest daughter, Judy, home from the hospital. As I held my newborn
daughter, I felt tremendous peace and joy. And then she started to cry. Immediately I had two thoughts: First, shouldn’t there be someone here who knows what they’re doing? And second, I became terri ed with the realization that I was o cially on parent duty for the rest of my life. Becoming a parent changes your identity forever. You are for now and always this child’s mom or dad. This is an enormous privilege and an enormous responsibility. The trick is to “just keep showing up”—to begin each day with a prayer that I can provide what my children need and the commitment to, as best I can, do what love requires. —Tom McGrath

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Believe

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You’re probably familiar with the phrase, “Seeing is believing.” It conveys a “doubting Thomas” brand of suspicion as in “I won’t believe it until I see the proof.” But Jesus had a different take. He tells us, “Believing is seeing!” The act of believing—that is, opening our hearts and losing our fears—can help us see that something better is possible in our present situation, no matter how dire it may seem. The very act of putting our trust and belief in the power of God opens our eyes to all sorts of possibilities, and that is certainly true in our families. With the eyes of faith, we parents can better see that God is at work in our home, helping us to be faithful, loving, generous, and, sometimes, even wise. —Tom McGrath

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Natural Family Planning

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 What is natural family planning? Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a highly effective, safe approach that allows couples to work together in managing their fertility. By learning and observing the natural changes in a woman’s body, couples learn when the woman is fertile and infertile. NFP is safe, environmentally friendly and has no costs associated with it. NFP conforms to […]

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Fairness

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Two brothers live on my block—
Gerald, my next-door neighbor, and
Mike, who lives down the block. I like
to say they run a school for fairness.
As winter approaches each year, the
brothers build an ice rink in Gerald’s
yard. When the rst cold wave arrives, they get to work, and soon the rink is ready for hockey. The two brothers teach not only the rules of the game, but also rules important in life, such as it’s more fun when the teams are evenly matched; everyone who wants to play gets to play; and if you hog the puck too often, you sit in the penalty box. Children need to learn fairness, and there’s no place like home to begin those lessons—especially
if that home has an ice rink in the backyard. —Tom McGrath

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Commit

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The new year is a time for resolutions. We can be tempted to perform a complete makeover of ourselves, but being super-ambitious usually turns out to be unwise. Rather than trying to change everything at once, it’s
best to focus on one new habit or practice that will have a big impact. Here’s how to start:
1. Pray for wisdom and prudence.
2. Select and commit to one new practice you can adopt that will improve your family’s quality of life.
3. Begin each day asking God to help you follow through.
Choose something like practicing patience, performing a secret act of kindness each day, or praying each morning or night with your children. Commit to what matters most to you. —Tom McGrath

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Reflect

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One year closes and another begins. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions. The media is filled with suggestions
and tips to eat better, exercise more, and save more money. But here’s something else to think about— something that could have a valuable and lasting impact for generations to come. Set aside time to re ect prayerfully on your life as a parent. Ask yourself, “What one thing would I like to do to be a better parent?” What comes to mind? Don’t force it; let the idea come. It might be “listen more,”“enjoy my kids more,” or “get more rest so I can be a kinder person.”You’ll know it when it comes. Then ask God for the grace to embrace this resolution and to remove the obstacles to achieve it, one day at a time. —Tom McGrath

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: December Words

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Family faith expert Tom McGrath, offers a generous collection of easy tips and tools to help Catholic families realize a spiritual path, and to help parents inspire virtue, discipline, and hope in their children. Writing from personal experience and drawing from the experiences of others, McGrath—a father of two grown daughters—shows fellow parents how to bring faith into everyday family life through […]

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Sing

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Family faith expert Tom McGrath, offers a generous collection of easy tips and tools to help Catholic families realize a spiritual path, and to help parents inspire virtue, discipline, and hope in their children. Writing from personal experience and drawing from the experiences of others, McGrath—a father of two grown daughters—shows fellow parents how to bring faith into everyday family life through […]

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Yearn

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Family faith expert Tom McGrath, offers a generous collection of easy tips and tools to help Catholic families realize a spiritual path, and to help parents inspire virtue, discipline, and hope in their children. Writing from personal experience and drawing from the experiences of others, McGrath—a father of two grown daughters—shows fellow parents how to bring faith into everyday family […]

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Prepare

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Family faith expert Tom McGrath, offers a generous collection of easy tips and tools to help Catholic families realize a spiritual path, and to help parents inspire virtue, discipline, and hope in their children. Writing from personal experience and drawing from the experiences of others, McGrath—a father of two grown daughters—shows fellow parents how to bring faith into everyday family life through […]

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