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Grandparents

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For most people, memories of their childhood include time spent with grandparents. These elderly individuals all hold a special place in our heart, places that cannot be filled by anyone else. As we talk about and encourage traditional family values on this blog, this includes getting to know our extended family members. The experiences that our grandparents have had in their lifetime are sometimes things we will never experience ourselves. The stories they can tell, the books they can read, and the lessons they impart are timeless and inspirational.

In my family, I have been blessed to live just 8 houses away from my parents for the past few years. My 5 kids are often found at grandma and grandpa’s house when they claim to want to run away. They enjoy riding bikes down the road (which is just far enough for them to feel like big kids and be able to go further than just our front sidewalk and driveway). Grandparents may not always be a part of our children’s lives, but isn’t life so much sweeter when they are?

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Aren’t They a Little Young for That?

children-and-technologyI’m pretty sure that kids are now born with the knowledge of how to work electronic devices. It seems like the more kids I have, the faster they catch on to which button to push and how to use a touch screen. Just because they know how to use one, does that mean they should be allowed to? I can see the benefit of being able to send a cell phone with your child when they go out with friends just in case of an emergency. It seems though the age of children acquiring cell phones is lowering to where even kindergarteners and first graders are toting one around. Doesn’t this seem too young and a bit….unnecessary? When our children get attached to these devices so young, they miss out on opportunities to converse with others. This is necessary for young and developing minds. We don’t want them to isolate themselves as they play various games and spend time watching YouTube videos. Isolation can actually lead to depression and anxiety because children aren’t learning the necessary coping skills of how to deal with the life around them. It is all fun and games, to be sure. It’s a great source for entertainment, no doubt. But too much of a good thing…can be bad. Don’t you agree?

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Acts of Kindness

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The definition of service is the action of helping or doing work for someone else. We know that sometimes service requires effort and even a bit of sacrifice. We also know how it makes us feel to do something for someone else ­ satisfied, happy, joyous even. Are we passing along this traditional value onto our children? We need to be teaching our children what service really is and why it is important.

A person that performs acts of service does not expect anything in return ­ not a thank you card, not a thank you, not a paycheck. It is an act done out of the goodness of your heart to help someone else in need. In order to teach children this, we need to first be a good example and do service for others FIRST. We can include our children in these small tasks by asking them to help, asking them for ideas of what can be done for someone, and even putting them in charge of a portion of the task. This will help children to recognize the needs of others and understand how to take care of those needs. It will also help them feel good about what they have done and feel satisfied knowing that they helped someone else.

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A Francheska Moment

Jo Lamble is a Clinical Psychologist that did a presentation about how you can steer your children with traditional values during a modern age. This can be a tough thing with so many outside things pulling at us. I encourage you to take just a few minutes and listen to the suggestions that she has.

http://youtu.be/-Xna2pL1XFQ

 

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Did you hear that?

girl-listening-with-her-hand-on-an-earThis last week, I spent a good amount of time studying the skill of active listening – such an important part of communicating. Active listening doesn’t just include listening to the words someone is saying, but also hearing the tone of voice behind the speaker. It involves physically opening your ears to the other person and focusing your attention solely on them. If a person is able to actively listen to another, good communication occurs and progress is made. I put this to the test when I noticed my son struggling with some things going on in life. I knew that life had been pretty busy and stressful so I took him out on a “Mommy-Son Date”. He was so excited! I put my phone away during this time and gave him my undivided attention. What happened next was incredible! He talked my ear off! He had so much to say to me and thanked me so many times for taking him out. He needed me to be actively listening to him that night.

People need to be heard. They want to be validated for their thoughts and know that someone is listening to them. This makes others feel important and loved. Are you taking the time and putting forth the effort to actively listen to those around you? Both kids and adults want to be heard. This is such an important part of effective communication that could make any relationship better.

 

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The Value of Work

Who remembers working hard, in the sun, with sweat dripping down your face when you were younger? Whether you had to weed the garden or mow the lawn, you had chores to get done everyday and not all of them were as easy as taking out the trash. Back in the day, children were expected to work. I’ve noticed that this is a foreign concept to kids now. Work? What is that?

The truth is that by participating in good, hard work, a person can learn a lot about themselves, about endurance, and what it takes to accomplish something. It gives an individual a moment to sit back and see what they have done. They can see the results of their efforts. It is so rewarding to look at a finished job that took time, effort, patience and hard work. It can give a person confidence in their abilities and can even teach him/her other skills.

Hard work helped shape us into the adults that we are. It didn’t kill us and I know it won’t hurt kids today. Teach your kids the value of work. The blessings that come from hard work cannot be found by sitting on the couch and playing video games.

 

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Same-Sex Marriage: Detrimental to Children

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week on the issue of same-sex marriage.  While the debate over the legitimacy of same-sex marriage can be viewed from many perspectives, there should be little debate about the effects it has upon children: Same-sex marriage deliberately deprives the child of a mother or a father, and is therefore harmful.  The College has sought to defend the child’s position in this debate from an objective, scientific standpoint.  Below you will find convincing evidence of the fundamental value of the married, father-mother family unit to the optimal development of the child.

College Statements:

Amicus Briefs by The College on Marriage and the Family

  • Amicus Brief: Perry v Schwartzenegger in Prop 8, California, 2010
  • Amicus Brief: Donaldson v Montana, Supreme Court of Montana, 2012
  • Amicus Brief: Windsor v U.S., U.S. Court of Appeals, New York, 2012
  • Amicus Brief:  Golinski vs US Office of Personnel and Management, U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, 2012
  • Amicus Brief:  Welch vs Gov Brown of Calif, #2, U.S. Court of Appeals, California 2014
  • Amicus Brief:  Obergefell vs Hodges, and Appendix,  Supreme Court, re: Same-sex Marriage, 2015

Research on Marriage and the Family

Visit the Same-Sex Marriage page on the College website for more information.

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Family Night!

Let me encourage you to have a weekly family night. Sometimes it can be hard to make sure it happens – we are all SO busy. You can be certain that a weekly family night is always worth it!

But why? Research shows that families who spend time together will have better relationships with each other. This closeness will help when different members go through trying times in his/her life. This time that is spent communicating and enjoying each other will create a strong and positive foundation for children as they grow up. The bond will promote trust and safety which can turn any difficult situation into something easier to cope with because of the support system a child has in place.

Do you have a regular family night? If so, what do you do? Do you see it helping to strengthen your family? If you don’t already have a family night, would you be willing to give it a try and let us know what differences you see in your household as a result?

Family the Best Medicine

 

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Something Simple

This 6 minute video shows a great example of how a person can take a hard situation that they find themselves in and turn it around to be something great. It is heart wrenching in a wonderful way. It addresses how one teenager dealt with the bullying he was subjected to.

This teenage boy was being bullied and all he did was open a door for others (literally!). The video shows what a wonderful impact this simple act had for him and others. I encourage you to take the time to do something simple and kind for someone else. The ripple effect will take hold and who knows what good will come from it.

http://www.wimp.com/simplething/

See the College statement, Bullying at School: Never Acceptable

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The Destiny of Humanity – Part 6 of 6

In order for society to continue and to flourish, families need to keep going. Countries that put laws on how many children you can have and governments that encourage anything besides pro-family values are the ones that will halt the progression. St. Paul John II said, “The destiny of humanity passes through the family.” Could that possibly mean that if we don’t continue to have families, encourage family-making and participate in this righteous cause that we could alter the destiny of humanity? What do you think this means?


View The Destiny of Humanity: Part 6

 

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