Posts Tagged ‘Mothers’

Mothers need to be there for their babies

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

When a New York, Jewish psychoanalyst who is, predictably, a political liberal, has her book shunned by the mainstream media, there has to be something very wrong with it. And you can see what the problem is just by reading the title: Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters. That the author, Read more

Mothers at the Vatican – their central role in the Church

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

ROME – Mothers and women have always had a central role in the Catholic Church. The Virgin Mary is the ultimate example of its devotion to motherhood, to the point that one could say that every day is Mother’s Day in the Vatican. Pope Francis, following the legacy of the previous two pontiffs, has taken Read more

On motherhood and the Virgin Mary

Friday, May 13th, 2016

The night I first saw the film Full of Grace is one I won’t soon forget. It was a night of extreme paradox. We were invited to the premiere by my parents, who had purchased tickets for me and my 14-year-old daughter. It being a school night, I wrestled with the decision to bring her, Read more

Aussie bishops object to commercial surrogacy

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Australia’s Catholic bishops have strongly objected to any suggestion of a commercial surrogacy industry. In a submission to an Australian parliamentary sub-committee’s inquiry, the bishops said it would be “intolerable” to argue “harm minimisation” as justification for commercial surrogacy. “Children are not commodities and should not be bought,” said Bishop Peter Comensoli, the bishops’ delegate Read more

How mums set children’s spiritual compass and why it matters

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Religious identity used to be “inherited.” “Cradle Catholic” is shorthand for born into the faith; within Judaism, the faith is passed through a Jewish mother to her children unless they grow up to proclaim a different religion. But children don’t just inherit parents’ spirituality, says psychologist Lisa Miller in her new book, “The Spiritual Child.” Read more

The beauty of breastfeeding

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

“Do you mind if I feed Jonathan?” my sister-in-law asked me as she threw an oversized blanket over her shoulder – but the question she was posing to me wasn’t really “if,” it was “where.” My sister-in-law was gauging whether or not I was comfortable with her breastfeeding my 3-month-old nephew around me in her Read more

12 things your daughter needs you to say

Friday, May 17th, 2013

In high school, I loved all those little sayings I heard Christians say. You know the ones – When God closes a door, he opens a window. Or Don’t put God in a box! My personal favorite was when one of my friends in my small group went through a break up with a boy, our small group leader Read more

Motherhood makes you smarter

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Adam Franssen, a biology professor at Longwood University, has a bold theory: mothers are smarter than other women. He and other researchers, including Craig Kinsley of the University of Richmond, have found that there’s more science than previously thought to being equipped for motherhood. Mothers are better at problem solving, handling stress and at completing Read more

Working mothers, are ‘warmer’ parents

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Mothers who go back to work before their baby is six months old become “warmer” parents, a surprising study shows. The Australian research, published in the international Journal of Family Studies, challenges the conventional wisdom that stay-at-home mums bond better with their babies. The findings suggest mothers who miss their babies or feel guilty about Read more

Essential Mums: Our new baby

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Today we are celebrating the official birth of Essential Mums, our brand new website for mothers, mums-to-be or any woman thinking about becoming a mother. Essential Mums is full of daily news, features, fun stories and lots of helpful advice. It has everything you need to navigate the amazing journey of motherhood. “Why Essential Mums, and not Essential Mums Read more