Don't We Have This Modesty Thing Backwards?

Don't We Have This Modesty Thing Backwards?

I tend to get mailbag questions in bunches. All of a sudden, I'll get a flurry of questions on similar topics. Maybe it's facebook? Maybe it's some sort of hive mind phenomena? But there you have it. It's a thing. The most recent wave was on kids and modesty. And the...

Them's the Rules: Part II (Seven Quick Takes)

Them's the Rules: Part II (Seven Quick Takes)

Here we go on the second installment of . . . Them's the Rules! Wherein I share with you our family rules and things I say one hundred times a day, with images I made in a weird fit of graphic design-themed nesti-ness the day before Mary Jane was born. Here's Part I,...

The Beauty of a   W   I   D   E   Family

The Beauty of a W I D E Family

I've been sold for some time on the benefits of a big family: many hands with which to share the work, plenty of folks for games and conversation. But, really, the benefits I appreciate most in my big family, are actually because it's also a wide family. Having a baby...

Surviving the Terrible Twelves

Surviving the Terrible Twelves

I'm terrible at taking blog breaks, or relaxing in general. But just in case I do happen to feel like relaxing with this new baby when the time comes, I've asked some of my favorite bloggers to guest post for me. But not in the usual way. Blogging is a great way to...

Strategies for Mealtime Battles With Toddlers

Strategies for Mealtime Battles With Toddlers

Mailbag time! Toddlers. They keep us on our toes. One question I get asked quite often, is how we handle toddlers that just. won't. eat. Not to worry, we've got a method for that madness. - question - Hi Kendra, I love your blog! The babies, the Catholic, the parties....

How to Let Your Husband Be a Great Dad

How to Let Your Husband Be a Great Dad

Maybe you don't need this post. Hopefully you don't. It's pretty obvious. But it didn't come easily for me. So, I'm going to put it here on the blog. Juuuuuuust in case. We are all very fortunate around here. We've got a fun, loving, involved dad. But, especially with...

In Case I Get Arrested Today . . .

In Case I Get Arrested Today . . .

This article is the scariest thing I've read in a long time. A zombie apocalypse has nothing on "good" Samaritans hell-bent on protecting children from the reasoned decisions of their parents. “What a horrible mother:” How a call from a “good samaritan” derailed these...

There’s Not a Rule Book for This Job

There’s Not a Rule Book for This Job

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. A secret known only to everyone who knows me in real life and all the people who like Catholic All Year on Facebook but no one else. Sometimes I put the Bumbo on the table. Okay, maybe it would be more shocking coming from...

How to Love Your Kids and Like Them Too

How to Love Your Kids and Like Them Too

Discipline. It's a scary word that conjures up images of switches behind the shed and nuns with rulers in hand. But I'm here to tell you that it's the thing that makes me not only love my children, but genuinely enjoy being around them. We live in a Chicken Little...

Pushing Past the Nap Strike

Pushing Past the Nap Strike

It's pick on three-year-olds week here at Catholic All Year, which is odd since I don't even have a three-year-old right now. But I have had five three-year-olds previously, so I can say with some level of expertise, that those guys are generally up to something....

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