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8 Reasons to Go to Mass - Thomas Lickona

"Mass is boring." "I don't get anything out of Mass — why should I go?" "Why can't I just pray alone?" These are common feelings, especially among young people but among many adults as well. How should we respond.  Popular  Read more...

What Should Children Read? - Russell Kirk

In recommending books to be read by young people from the age of seven to the age of twelve, this critic's problem is not paucity, but plenitude.   Read more...

'Manners Makyth Man' - Father George W. Rutler

Every day in the Great Hall of one of my schools I ate, or tried to dine, before a large fireplace carved with William of Wykeham's motto, "Manners Makyth Man."   Read more...

10 Emotional Dangers of Premature Sexual Involvement - Thomas Lickona

In discussions of teen sex, much is said about the dangers of pregnancy and disease — but far less about the emotional hazards.  Read more...

A Cure for Tattling: Hear No Evil - Dr. Ray Guarendi

My son and daughter, ages eight and five, seem to be having a contest over who can tattle on the other more. I'm at the point where I don't want to hear another accusation of any kind. How can I end this constant tattling? — Tattle Weary  Read more...

A Father's Heart - John Trent

We've all had times when we're physically in one place but mentally in another. Most of the time, it’s not a real problem – except when it comes to being a husband and father.   Read more...

A Father's Unity of Life - James Stenson

A successful father exercises leadership at home as much as on the job — and in roughly the same ways.  Read more...

A good spanking - Barbara Kay

A recent study by a Michigan psychology professor concluded that “young children spanked by their parents may perform better at school later and grow up to be happier.” Common sense and life experience resist all such reductionism.   Read more...

A Healthier Kind of Self-Esteem - Justin Coulson

While our culture tells us we need self-esteem, it may not be good for us.  Read more...

A last assignment - Cathy Collins

I called him August 1st of last summer to say good-bye. It was a call I'd put off for weeks, voicing what three unsent letters wanted to convey. How can one say a final earthly goodbye to a good friend, a former teacher, a magnificent priest, now dying of cancer?  Read more...

Advice for Fathers - James Stenson

Sometimes negative guidelines are at least as helpful as positive ones, often more so. It's often useful for a father to know what not to do — that is, what to avoid — in a complicated family situation.  Read more...

All’s Fair in Love, War, and Curfews - Dr. Ray Guarendi

My teenagers are fourteen and sixteen. We disagree constantly over curfew times. Any suggestions for establishing reasonable limits? And how can I ensure they'll be followed? - The Timekeeper  Read more...

Ancient History - JOHN O'CONNELL

It is remarkable how many good books have been written for youth in the twentieth century.  Read more...

Ask Theophilus: Lightning Round - Professor Theophilus

So many letters have arrived lately that in order to answer more of them, I'm having a lightning round -- lots of questions, rapid-fire replies. I warn you, though: When I'm concise, I get mean.1  Read more...

At what age should a child start school? - Godron Neufeld

From a developmental perspective, readiness is everything, and that's not being considered.  Read more...

Attachment: the preeminent need of all creatures - Gordon Neufeld

The capacity for relationship requires certain conditions to develop in children, and we need to foster those conditions for children to develop it.  Read more...

Be a Man who Stays Focused on the Final Goal - Father Larry Richards

Men are rediscovering the importance of the spiritual life. And Father Larry Richards is helping them do it.  Read more...

before i go - Peter Kreeft

My unutterably dear children (and grandchildren), I give you this book about the most valuable life lessons I have learned because I want to give you everything I can, and writing books is something I can do.   Read more...

Benign Neglect or Calculated Malignity? - Anthony Esolen

Why, I wonder, do boys these days get no love?   Read more...

Beyond Dating - Kate Ernsting

Most parents have happy memories of dating. But today youth ministers, and even some teens, are sounding an alarm, that dating may be more intense and destructive than it was for their parents. Here is how one parish leads their young adults on the narrow path to real love.  Read more...

Bill Cosby Is Right, Again - Anthony B. Bradley

Bill Cosby’s status as sage is confirmed by the release of his new book, co-authored with Dr. Alvin Poussaint of Harvard Medical School, Come On People: On The Path From Victims to VictorsRead more...

Boredom busters and brain boosters - Mary Cooney

Ten tips on how to keep your kids happily busy during the summer holiday.  Read more...

Born to Serve, Not to Shop — Effective Parenting in a Nutshell - James Stenson

The real evil of materialism is not the pursuit of things. It is, rather, seeing and treating other people as things — and therefore putting things ahead of people.  Read more...

Boys to Men - Tony Woodlief

Raising three sons has helped me appreciate the masculine virtues.  Read more...

Boys Will Be Boys - Gerry Garibaldi

A new guidebook reaffirms boyhood in all of its politically incorrect glory.  Read more...


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