{SQT} How Can We Keep Our Faith When Bad Things Happen To Our Children?

Catholic, Parenting, Seven Quick Takes, SMA Posts

My final post regarding special needs parenting is inspired from a status another SMA parent posted on Facebook a few months ago. This father was very open about his struggles to maintain his faith. He was mentally keeping track of two columns, and the column for tossing aside what little Christian faith he had left, contained the […]


{SQT} What To Do When Your Child Won’t Stop Staring At A Person In A Wheelchair

Parenting, Seven Quick Takes, SMA Posts

It happened every time I took my family out in public; stares, open mouths, finger pointing, awkward conversations and personal questions. And then my fourth, and soon fifth, children added their wheelchairs to the large family traveling circus and things got even worse. I’m hardly an expert in how to properly act around handicap people, […]


What Our TV Free House Looks Like Right Now


This month we mark eight years in our current house, and never in that time have we owned a TV. It wasn’t a sudden decision, we’d been weaning ourselves and the kids back in our previous living quarters and moving seemed like the perfect time to make a fresh start. I know there’s all sorts […]


Part 2: Consistency and Consequences


Find Part One, which explains our Domestic Rule HERE.  Once the rules were in place, I consistently enforced them (and still do, though with much less effort now). If I catch a child breaking a rule, I remind them of the rule or make them repeat it to me and then boom, punishment. I don’t […]


Part 1: Rules and the Role of Obedience


Every so often I find myself involved in a parenting discussion where my humble opinion is actually requested. When these rare occasions arise, and unfortunately more often when they do not, I typically don’t mind sharing our family’s system for rules and consequences and how we generally deter our children from acting like savages. Now […]