Best Catholic Parenting Books in 2023
Parenting with Grace, 2nd Edition
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family
We and Our Children: How to Make a Catholic Home
The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul (CatholicMom.com Book)
Good Enough Is Good Enough: Confessions of an Imperfect Catholic Mom (CatholicMom.com Book)
Sitting Like A Saint: Catholic Mindfulness for Kids
Boy Mom: What Your Son Needs Most from You
Then Comes Baby: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood
Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood (CatholicMom.com Book)
Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime: The Best Gift You Can Give Your Kids
Insights on How Christian/Catholic Parents Can Talk to Their Teen About Jesus
How to talk to your kids about Jesus, a self reflective approach for Christian/catholic parents.
Well, Christian/ Catholic parents, you are aware of the sulks, frowns and stiff arms by your tweens when you try to talk about Jesus. The signs are a flat out no. leave me alone, vamoose. Most parents feel exhausted and hurt by their once church going kiddies now turned into no church nonsense tweens. Well do not give up hope yet. Your first weapon is always prayer, before anything else and then a little self-reflection and honesty can be a great help.
Look at your own teen-age years
Well, most parents fall into two groups, those who followed Christ all their life, and those who at one point did not believe or rebelled only to find out that the dreams of fame, beauty and muscle fade like stars in the early morning. Whatever you past entails, let it be strength into dealing with you kids, for the journey to heaven is long, but it is only by walking in our shoes that we can witness.
In hip-hop music, they have a term keeping it real, real talk, meaning you talk about things you do and live. Therefore, if rappers know this concept, you as a Christian should embody this trait. Be true to the callings of the church of Christ, and your purity will be enough testimony. Many times, I have met older people who remember the faith of grandma, pa or mama or papa. Avoid talk the talk and embrace walk the walk, and your kids will see the light, eventually. If you have, weaknesses admit them to your kids, and implore the mercy of God. Do not just preach, preach, preach and live a double life, this will not help.
Silence can be the best medicine
Well, do not keep pushing your faith on your tweens all the time, sometimes just be quiet and go to church by yourself, of course as a parent your Job is to guide your kids into the kingdom, but you need to let them breathe. I remember a woman telling me that one Christmas she went to mass by herself. For 10 yrs., she had pushed everyone, but this particular Christmas, she went in silence, to her surprise her daughter came to her and asked her why she went to church by herself, and she just said that she did not want to bother anyone. Be careful not to do a guilt trip.
Therefore, honesty in Jesus is the best policy, look at yourself first, before you preach; remember the splinter in the eye, and the brick?