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Spiritual Fatherhood

Dad and child“We are on this planet for the purpose of preparing for and attaining eternal communion with God in heaven. This should be our first and highest priority. As fathers and husbands, we have the added responsibility to lead our families to that same end.”

Corporal Punishment. Morally Problematic for Catholics?

Most readers know I certainly think so, but fellow Catholic Patheosi, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry has an outstanding piece laying out some points every Catholic parent should consider on his blog, Inebriate Me. Here’s a sample: The facts are in, and extrinsic motivation just does not work. Period. And Christians should know that, since we know that [Read More...]

Baby Got Back

A controversial new Mexican campaign to promote breastfeeding uses topless celebrities and the slogan, “Don’t turn your back on your baby.  Give him your breast.” City officials were seeking to address the fact that only one in seven mothers in Mexico breast feeds exclusively in the first six months, the standard recommended by the World [Read More...]

The Well-Fathered Daughter

I just read a fascinating post at FamilyStudies.org about the effect of fathers on daughters’ development.  In addition to what you might expect (better academic, social, relationship outcomes) there was this nugget about how fathering affects their daughters biological ability to process stress and the consequences that has on mental and relational health. An emerging [Read More...]

Dr. Greg & Lisa Talk Breastfeeding in the NCReproter

We had an interview with the National Catholic Reporter last week for their special parenting and family issue.  Although the whole special issue isn’t available online, they very kindly made our article available for Faith on the Couch readers.  It’s titled, Breastfeeding in Church? Why Naturally!   It’s a great piece.  In addition to Lisa [Read More...]

A Healthy Romantic Relationship Can Stabilize Neurotic People

(H/T PsychCentral News)   A loving, romantic relationship can have a positive, stabilizing effect on a neurotic personality, according to a new study, published in the online edition of the Journal of Personality.“Neurotic people are rather anxious, insecure, and easily annoyed. They have a tendency towards depression, often show low self-esteem and tend to be generally dissatisfied with their lives,” [Read More...]

The Difference Between Reasons and Accountability

A friend of mine posted this reflection to her Facebook page.  I thought it offered some valuable insights and I wanted to share it with you.  She writes… I think I finally understand the relationship between reasons and accountability. There may be a very good and legitimate reason for something, but that doesn’t erase my [Read More...]

Frequent Arguing Doubles Risk of Death by Mid-Life

Frequent arguments with partners, relatives, or neighbors may boost the risk of death from any cause in middle age, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.  (See Science Daily for full article) Researchers quizzed almost 10,000 men and women aged 36 to 52 about their everyday social relationships. The researchers focused particularly [Read More...]

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the Crisis of Fatherhood

“Something in the basic structure of human existence has been damaged!” A Guest Blog by Dave McClow, M.Div., LCSW, LMFT, a clinical pastoral counseling associate of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. I am a collector of quotes (well…books, too), and I am thinking through a theology of masculinity.  I think a theology of what it means [Read More...]

Good News for Families: Parents are Happier than Non-Parents After All.

FROM THE ATLANIC.  Since the 1980s, economists and psychologists have been aware of a “parental happiness gap.” Basically, the running theory has been that p But Chris Herbst of Arizona State University and John Ifcher of Santa Clara University noticed some weaknesses in earlier studies on the phenomenon. Why did the studies always treat the happiness gap as a constant? [Read More...]
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