The parent trap: How to keep your kids from ruling the roost

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Article Marriage and Family
Family therapist William Doherty discusses the challenges facing parents trying to fight the consumer culture and provides pieces of advice for them to effectively deal with disrespectful kids.

And lead us not into temper tantrums

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Article Marriage and Family Parish Life

Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Come follow me: On faith and Facebook

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Article Parish Life Spirituality
Catholics are using the latest tools to connect ancient faith with today’s digital reality.

Less than a decade ago, social and media wouldn’t have been seen together in public. Now, the two are not only hopelessly enamored with one another, but, as a couple, are proving to be a transformative, irreversible cultural force—for better or worse.


One Tweet too many? Take a social media fast

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Article Parish Life Spirituality
In one month last year Americans spent 63.5 billion minutes engaging in social media. Drawing conclusions from another study, a January article in the Telegraph warned that people “are becoming increasingly addicted and dependent upon social networks.”

Online communication also can hamper college students’ growth and development, according to Barbara Hofer, psychologist and co-author of The iConnected Parent.

So how do we find balance? A technological fast could be one way of regaining perspective.


Father blogger

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Article Parish Life Spirituality
In Pope Benedict XVI’s message for last year’s World Day of Communications, he summoned pastors to make the most of today’s technology to foster dialogue, increase evangelization, and prompt catechesis.

Jesus loves me, this I know...

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Article Marriage and Family Parish Life

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TV; It's not a black and white issue

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Article Art and Architecture Marriage and Family

It's a safe bet that Sister Rose Pacatte watches more TV and movies than you do. She even has TiVo, which only seriously addicted TV watchers will admit to. If you asked her about this, she would say, "Hey, it's part of my job!" And you might nod and say indulgently,

"Of course it is, Sister."


The Parent Trap

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You've heard of the "overscheduled child," no doubt. Family therpist William Doherty is one of the people you can thank for putting a name to that thoroughly modern problem and bringing it into the public lexicon. Watch out, because Doherty has now taken aim at consumer values creeping into family life as well as marriage.


Don't focus on the family: Julie Hanlon Rubio on family ethics

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Article Marriage and Family Social Justice
Are full family schedules masking emptiness of spirit? A Catholic ethicist and suburban mom challenges families to make time for the really important stuff.

Because Julie Hanlon Rubio’s father was a civil rights attorney, the family’s dinner table discussions during her childhood often revolved around his work. “Just having that consciousness rather than always talking about our own lives was important for all of us,” she says.


Crying uncle: A priest plays dad

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Article Marriage and Family
No one can strike terror in the heart of a grownup quite like a 16-year-old girl.

Many people call me "Father" (I'm a Catholic priest), but I've only had three days of on-the-job experience as a full-time parent. My sister and brother-in-law took their oldest off to college and asked me to watch the other three, ages 16, 13, and 9, for a few days.


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