Teenage girls navigate a tough landscape. There are tools the church can offer them.
Stranger Things reassures us that the stories of the past can give us the courage to face whatever danger looms.
It’s too bad that Bad Moms sets up its conflict as one between women.
Why and how I bless my children
Are today's young adults more immature than their age mates in previous generations? Yes, says Julie Lythcott-Haims, but it's not their fault.
We just took our son to college for his first year. It was hard for me, scary/exciting for him, and wounding for his mother.
I knew life was a gift to be shared, not a possession to safeguard, even before my wife collapsed on the kitchen floor. But it was abstract knowledge then.
Sometimes it’s the child’s job to let go of old memories in order to make room for the new. Our task is to hold the old ones and to remind her that she was young once.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was the book of my youth. I didn’t grow up poor in Depression-era Alabama, but I identified with Scout as I read it several times in my teens. My childhood was a middle-class family in the integrated Bronx, but Scout and I shared a house full of books and a lawyer-father blessed with a firm, centering integrity. Later, studying journalism at NYU in the 1980s, I heard that if you wanted to learn what good writing was, read Mockingbird every year.
Calling my wife and me “special” suggests that there is an alternative—that it would have been acceptable to refuse to receive our child.
I don’t know what a perfect first-century family looked like, but I’m certain that Joseph and Mary didn’t qualify.
“Are we alone in the universe?” is always a question about God’s existence. The film Interstellar shows this clearly.
The rewards of foster parenting are many, but that doesn’t change the fact that it, like all parenting, can be difficult and emotional work. Even those who have raised a brood of their own biological children may not be fully prepared for the circumstances of foster parenting.