US Catholic Faith in Real Life

How families turn faith into action

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck |
Article Your Faith
On one of the first evenings after our then foster (now adopted) daughter Teenasia came to live with us, second-grade Jacob was at the dining room table doing religion homework to prepare for his upcoming First Communion. My husband, Bill, was upstairs giving 4-year-old Liam a bath, and I was holding wriggling 16-month-old Teenasia, trying to wash her hair in the kitchen sink. I found I couldn’t hold her with one arm and wash her hair with the other. 
 

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Good night, to-do list

Blessed are those humble enough to realize that the work of God would go on without our 10 p.m. e-mails.

By Catherine O'Connell-Cahill |
Article Your Faith
Every weeknight, sometime between 9:30 and 10:45 p.m., my husband will stand and say, “I’m heading up.” He climbs the stairs, stops in the bathroom, and gets into bed. This takes about approximately a minute and 47 seconds. He might read for a while. Then he falls asleep.  
 

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Don't be your child's rescue squad

Parenting a child when things go wrong is a difficult task for many parents.

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck |
Article Your Faith
A couple years ago, when Jon’s daughter tried out for the local club soccer team, she was placed on the B team. “Kayla had been the star of her rec team the year before,” Jon says. “My wife and I thought this was a huge miss on the club’s part.” Jon knew the club’s director and called him to ask that Kayla be given a chance to play on the A team. Feeling pressured, the director did as Jon asked, and Kayla landed on the A squad. 
 

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Warm up your new year

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck |
Article Your Faith

If 2014 was a bit rocky for your family, this long New Year’s weekend might be just what you need to get back on track. Find a cozy time and talk as a family about some things you’d like to do better in 2015. Consider having a calendar out, so you can write down any good ideas that come up. Pour some hot cocoa or steaming cups of cider—studies show that hot liquids make us feel warmer and more generous toward others.

Here are some New Year's resolutions that could help your family have a better year in 2015:

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This Thanksgiving, develop an attitude of gratitude

If you have an attitude of gratitude, it does rub off on your kids.

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck |
Article Your Faith

 

When I was about 7, the family next door took me out for ice cream. This was a rare treat because they chose Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors, not the local frozen custard stand with only vanilla and chocolate, where my own family normally went. I chose mint chocolate chip, which was delicious. As I got out of the car afterward, I said goodbye. The mother of the family said, “You’re welcome.” I was horrified. I had forgotten to say thank you.

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