Jedi’s and Cookie-Cutters

The year 1977 saw the release of a fantastic movie: Star Wars: A New Hope Awakens. The first Star Wars movie introduced Luke Skywalker and began the story of his journey to become a Jedi knight and how he and his companions saved the galaxy from the evil Empire. Their success depended, in part, onContinue reading “Jedi’s and Cookie-Cutters”

Managing Life’s Demands

Ann was one of three children, and perhaps more than any of them, she always felt a special attachment to her mother. As time went on, Ann’s brother and sister moved away, and Ann became the go-to person for her parents. Ann and her family always were there with her parents during the holidays. IfContinue reading “Managing Life’s Demands”


The common belief that we need to raise our children’s self-esteem has become a cultural dogma. I would argue, however, that promoting self-esteem is not the real issue and that trying to raise self-esteem can even be harmful. Moreover, our efforts to build self-esteem can further our separation from God and keep us from findingContinue reading “Identity”

Life-Altering Fallacies and How to Avoid Them: Successful Parenting (Part 2)

Last week we began to look at what it means to be a successful parent. I suggested that while some people have a feel for what this means, many remain confused. Let’s now look at some of the reasons for this confusion.   Expecting to control the outcomes. Parenting includes training and nurturing our children.Continue reading “Life-Altering Fallacies and How to Avoid Them: Successful Parenting (Part 2)”