Archives for November 2012

The Sacrament of Baptism: The Importance of a Christening Gown

The day of your child’s Christening is a truly beautiful and memorable day for any parent. They will be welcomed as part of the Church and absolved of their original sin. The sacrament of Baptism is extremely important, and a lot of your family will likely be in attendance for the ceremony. Choosing a lovely Christening gown for your child’s Baptism ceremony is really meaningful. There are many options to go with for this joyous occasion.

A recent post on Caffeinated Catholic Mama titled, “Choosing and Preserving a Christening Gown”, could be really useful if you need guidance on this matter. The article talks about how you could use an old family heirloom as part of the Christening gown. You could also buy a new Christening gown and preserve it so that it becomes a family heirloom! I think establishing a tradition if none exists, or following an old family tradition is really important for sacraments like Baptisms, First Communions, and Confirmations. A family Christening gown is just one tradition that you can start or continue, and every family is unique.

What special traditions does your family have for Baptisms?

Living in the Moment: Everything Up Until Right Now Was Just Practice

Something all parents figure out is that kids know how to make a mess. Starting at an early age kids spill drinks, color on the walls, and track mud through the house; some parents choose to get upset about things like this. In reality these messes result in a little bit of time spent cleaning and lesson learned for your kids. While the mess is being made or immediately after parents tend to overreact due to stress or whatever else is occupying their mind. It can be really tough to take a step back and think about the situation in the grand scheme of things. If you can conquer doing this as a parent, I can guarantee you will lead a much happier life. The messes aren’t going to stop, they just change and evolve in nature. Adults make messes too, its more how you cope with the messes than what the messes actually are.

A recent blog post I read titled, “Don’t Become A Wreck Over Your Kids’ Mess” kind of inspired the idea for this post. It got me thinking about things in the bigger picture. Little kids do make messes and that’s okay; adults make bigger messes and that’s okay too. If it becomes a learning experience and you can keep your cool then I chalk that up as a win. Everything up to today was just practice for what’s happening now, so don’t get too caught up in your daily messes.

When Getting Your Teen to Do Their Homework Becomes a Struggle

Making sure that your child does their homework is an integral part of being a responsible parent. If you reinforce these habits starting at a young age it can improve the chances that when your child gets older they will continue these practices on their own. However even if you instill good homework habits into your child, they might reach their teen years and lose touch. Many teens become distracted by other things, and begin to take school not as seriously.

If you notice your teen slacking on their homework or other school responsibilities it could be time to get more closely involved. A recent article on Empowering Parent titled, “7 Ways to Stop the Parent-Child Power Struggle Over Homework” could be useful to you and your child. The article talks about ways to treat this delicate situation.

How do you approach getting your child to cooperate and do their homework?

New Year’s Resolutions: How to Succesfully Use That Gym Membership

With the final month of 2012 creeping up on us people will begin thinking of their New Year’s resolution. So many people every year buy a gym membership and say they are going to lose weight. Getting into a routine and making gym visits a habit are not easy things to do. Don’t set yourself up for failure by thinking you’ll go to the gym every day. It’s completely okay to ease into this New Year’s Resolution. Aim for three or four days a week to start, and don’t over-do it with the weights. A solid thirty to forty minutes of cardiovascular exercise will certainly suffice. This could mean the treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike whatever you prefer, but do try to have some variety in your routine.

Some people are also intimidated by the gym atmosphere, which is definitely understandable. The post work gym scene tends to get a bit crowded. Maybe these “5 Ways to Defeat Gym Anxiety” will help you if you worry about going to the gym. Making a New Year’s Resolution is a great thing to do!

What will your New Year’s Resolution be for 2013?

Parenting Tip: How to Save Money During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is here again, and for many families out there it can be a struggle. The commercialized monster that Christmas has become presents a big issue for parents who have difficulties making ends meet. Let’s not forget what Christmas is really about this year, and remember that a thoughtful gift is the best gift. It might not be the easiest to convey that message to your children, but it is a lost concept that I think should be ingrained into society more.

I recently read a post on JBM Thinks titled, “Money Saving Holiday Tips for Parents”. The article might be able to give you some good ideas about how to make it all come together this holiday season!

What methods do you use at home to save money around this time of year?

The Descent of the Holy Spirit: What the Event and Seven Gifts Mean

As Catholics, God is our everything. He made us, so he tells us what we should do with the life we have been given. Due to his comfort and guidance throughout life, our love in God is solid.

The Story of the Descent of the Holy Spirit

This has been the case ever since the apostles walked the Earth and spread the Words of God. They were in love with God and believed that they were made to share their love for Him with others. At Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples were blessed with the Holy Spirit. After Jesus’ death, they were visited by the Holy Spirit in power. They were given seven gifts that we now call the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, wonder, right judgment, knowledge, courage and reverence. These gifts have been passed down to all Christians.

What the Seven Gifts Mean

These gifts by the Holy Spirit reaffirm our love of God. With understanding from the Holy Spirit, we know that God works in mysterious ways and our life is controlled by Him. We understand this so we look to Him for guidance. In the gift wonder, we marvel at God’s great feats and we appreciate everything He has done for us. Christians choose right judgment to live our life according to God’s teachings. We also have the knowledge of God’s teachings through the Bible, which the apostles helped created. Finally, we have the gifts of courage and reverence. Many times, Christians are not praised for what they believe in. They persevere though and continue to follow God. The love of God can’t be broken by people who don’t believe because it’s too strong. As we can see the power of the Holy Spirit instilled in the apostles gave them the power to instill the love they have in God in each one of us. This love of God has been passed down thousands of years. This love was able to be carried down with the gifts that were given to the apostles from the Holy Spirit. If it weren’t for those gifts and the power the apostles had, the love for God might have been broken.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life

Take a moment to think about how much you love God. It can be difficult to remember to love God when you are busy with your daily tasks. It good to step back and remember everything God does for us and everything we have thanks to Him. Think about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how they play out in your life. These gifts are important to have within you because they can help you develop a deeper love for God. Now that you know all about how the Holy Spirit instilled power in the apostles and how that power has been delivered on to you, it’s possible to go on with your life living in a way that is much more in accordance with God to show Him your love.

Showcasing Your Child’s Art: Displaying Their Work Promotes Confidence

Do you remember the feeling you used to get as a kid when you brought home an art project and your parents displayed it? Pure joy basically sums it up for me. It made me feel appreciated and accomplished. Keep this in mind when your children bring home different projects they have made at school. Making a designated area at your house or office for your child’s projects can make them so happy.

A recent post on Boy Mama Teacher Mama titled “Displaying Children’s Work” talks about ways to make a space for displaying your child’s work. If you are pressed for space or worried about using tape on your walls their tips can help you!

Where do you have a spot to showcase your child’s art or projects at home?

Increasing Your Child’s Confidence: Listening and Encouraging

Children thrive when they believe they are succeeding. No matter how small an accomplishment is, it is really important to encourage them and praise them for doing well. If they helped you out around the house, thank them for their help. Make them know that you appreciate them and that they did a great job.

A recent post on Positive Parenting Solutions titled, “4 Phrases Kids Need to Hear” talks about ways to increase your child’s confidence. Their tips include listening, encouraging, and praising.

How do you encourage your child’s behavior?

Parenting Tip: Instilling Respectful Habits into Your Children

People form habits throughout their life and often habits shape who people are. If somebody makes a habit of running every day then they will likely be thin and fit. If somebody makes a habit of reading every day then they will likely be well spoken and a good writer. This is a concept that parents should keep in mind when they are raising young kids. Children are too young to form their own daily habits so parents tend to do this for them. This is as simple as reminding them to brush their teeth or make their bed in the morning. If it works for simple tasks like that then enforcing some more important life habits can be done too.

A recent post on Parenting Boys…Raising Men titled, “How Do You Ask Nicely?” talks about how a family has raised their children to always say please and thank you. This is such an important quality that goes overlooked a lot in today’s world. Instilling respectful habits into your children at a young age can make them grow into an adult that you will be proud of.

What sorts of habits have you been instilling into your children?

Communication in the Home: An Important Family Topic

A big problem that can affect any family is communication difficulties. Whether it is parent to parent communication, parent to child communication, or child to parent communication if there is something hindering the effectiveness of communication abilities it will be problematic. There are a plethora of different reasons why communication might be a difficulty in any household. If there seems to be a road block in communication at your house, it should be addressed. It is important to not become hostile and offensive, but to still speak your mind.

A recent article from The Informed Parent addressed the topic of effective communication with your teen. The post gives advice about how to communicate better with a teenager, and I thought it was full of useful information. Teens are by far the most difficult age group to communicate with as a parent. If you have been having trouble at your home communicating with your teen I highly suggest their post.

Does your family have a method for keeping communication open at home?