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Economics of Staying Home

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There’s nothing wrong about a family in which both parents work outside of the home. Each family’s situation is different, and the choice about whether to have one parent stay at home with the children is a personal, family decision that should be made after considering all factors. While it’s true that a single income family may have lower wages flowing into their joint accounts each month, that doesn’t make them less economically efficient. Read Article

Integrity in Productivity

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My days are pretty full; that’s by design. I have my primary job, which is taking care of the kids. Layered on top of that job is my responsibility for maintaining our home, which includes getting supplies, indoor cleaning, and outdoor maintenance. I then layer on my own priorities, which include taking care of my health and writing. When I lay each of these pieces out on my schedule, my calendar groans a little bit.Read Article

Episode 17: Chores

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As Benedict & Felicity continue to grow and are able to do more, I talk about how I need to do a better job about inviting them to help me do my jobs. I want my children to know how to work, and the first step in that process is to include them in the maintenance of our household, even if it makes things more complicated.Read Article

Comprehensive Sexual Education

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Parents have to do many uncomfortable things, not least of which is provide their children with a sexual education. This is what it means to be a parent, to shepherd the hearts of their children and raise them in truth. Moms and dads are irreplaceable, and they must be people of courage and integrity. I think that parents yield too much of their responsibility to schools.Read Article

Dear Father

Priest elevates the Eucharist at Mass

I’m the youngest of three kids. Before I had my first child, I didn’t know anything about kids. I understand that my little ones may be confusing, but there’s something that I want you to know.
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Episode 16: Purge

Trash cans in a hallway

Alison & I decided to spend our Memorial Day weekend on a big project. We swapped two rooms upstairs, and went through our attic, garage, and all of our closets getting rid of the things that we were no longer using. It felt incredible, so I also knocked out my phone. Now I can breathe again.Read Article

Why Boredom Happens

Woman looks into the distance at dusk

I was at our Credit Union last week conducting some business when one of the employees remarked that it was her parents’ wedding anniversary. A coworker commented on the happiness of the day, to which she responded, “Not really, they’re divorced.” The scope of divorce in our society is disheartening, and I wonder how many of them could have been prevented.Read Article

Episode 15: Catholic Business

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Having a “Catholic” business doesn’t mean running your business poorly. I talk about a business owner in my parish who was trying to run an authentic Catholic business, but instead ran it into the ground. I also share the secret to running a great Catholic business, and the competitive advantage is easier to achieve than you might think.Read Article

Commit Yourself to A Program

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What a privilege it is to live in the Modern era. No matter what goal I set for myself, someone has already achieved it, and their method is readily available to me. I want to lose weight, and there are plenty of plans out there to help me implement the proven program.Read Article

Episode 14: Just Start

Hopscotch in the playground

Perpetually behind, I realize that I keep falling into a common trap. I want to do everything so perfectly that I end up getting nothing done. I talk about why this is such an easy trap to fall into and the perfect antidote.Read Article

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CHET COLLINS is a full-time sidekick to three small humans. He gets his best creative work done during their nap time. He’s the author of the The Transition: A Practical Guide to Engagement for the Catholic Man and Grant Us Peace. Chet also dabbles in web design when time permits. When he catches a break from the kids, you can find him enjoying the silence.

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CHET COLLINS is a full-time sidekick to three small humans. He gets his best creative work done during their nap time. He’s the author of the The Transition: A Practical Guide to Engagement for the Catholic Man and Grant Us Peace. He dabbles in web design when time permits. When he catches a break from the kids, you can find him enjoying the silence.