The ideas listed below—drawn from the Catechism, traditional prayer practices, and some of the best practices of today's Catholic families—are a good way to begin talking about God and the Catholic faith with your kids. Go ahead and browse; try out a few ideas that look appealing. If an idea works, incorporate it into your regular family prayer practice; if not, set it aside and move on.

Dress Up Your Kids for Church


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  “Why do we need to dress up? God cares more about our heart than how we look!” Ever hear that argument from your kids? They’re right…but that still leaves three good reasons Catholic kids...

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Evangelize Your Kids in the Car


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  Use your vehicle as a vehicle to bring your kids closer to the Lord . . . and closer to heaven.   by Michelle Gelineau   I want to share with you a secret weapon...

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Give Up Nagging Your Kids for Lent


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    Do your kids ignore you until you raise your voice? Do you find yourself exhausted by constant nagging? This Lent, give up nagging your kids by focusing on the 4 C’s instead.   by Jerry...

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God Loves You Hearts


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  “God loves you!” It’s a staple of Sunday schools everywhere, but it’s a message your kids need to keep hearing throughout their lives. These coloring sheet hearts with messages about God’s love can help.   “God...

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LEGO Batman | Bigger on the Inside


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  When it comes to the LEGO Batman Movie, everything is awesome. From the very first black frame to the last white frame, the movie was funny, action-packed and, as usual, had a fantastic moral...

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How Do You Talk to Kids about Abortion?


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  “What is abortion?” It’s a question pro-life parents dread hearing their kids ask, especially when they’re little. Here’s how six parents handled the question…and three proposals for educating your kids about this difficult issue.   by Jerry...

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Rogue One | Bigger on the Inside


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  Having been a fan of the Star Wars franchise since I was a small child, each new movie (except those three that shall not be named) brings fresh excitement. Rogue One lived up to...

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The Little Prince | Bigger on the Inside


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The Little Prince is a classic children’s book that is probably more important for adults to read than anyone. Netflix made a beautiful movie version of the book that’s not only free (if you have Netflix),...

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Doctor Strange | Bigger on the Inside


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  Doctor Strange keeps the wonderful tradition of Marvel superhero movies; action, humor, compelling story line and characters, excellent effects and deeper themes to chew on.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry Caution: Contains spoilers. Things to...

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Pray for the Dead with Your Kids


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  We Catholics believe that the communion established between us in God’s love is not broken by death. One of the best ways to teach your kids about this reality is to pray for the dead;...

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4 Ways to Process Your Teen’s Retreat


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    Processing a retreat experience is essential for teens. Here are 4 ways adults can help.   by Ryan Langr   Retreat High Retreats and mission trips like Steubenville, Catholic Heart Work Camp, and...

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Star Trek: Beyond | Bigger on the Inside


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  Seeing Star Trek: Beyond with your kids? Lucky for you, it’s one of the better movies in the franchise. Here are some themes to discuss that tie in with your family’s Catholic faith. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry Caution:...

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Helping Kids Cope in a Violent World


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  When kids witness violence and hatred in the world, how can parents help them cope? Here are five ways faith can help.   by Ryan Langr   With 24-hour news coverage, it’s impossible to escape the steady...

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5 Ideas for Grandparent Faithsharing


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  Here are five ways for grandparents, both near and far, to reinforce and supplement the family faith.   by Ryan Langr   The Importance of Grandparents Grandparents are an important part of any family,...

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Pan | Bigger on the Inside


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Pan is a cute movie version of the Peter Pan backstory. It had beautiful costumes, good acting and a decent plot. This PG rated movie was family-friendly and could make for some intersting discussion. by...

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Catechize by Country


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  We use maps and news articles to help our kids make connections to what’s going on in the Church around the world. Here’s how. We are always looking for ways to relate our family-based catechesis...

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Plant an Easter Garden with Your Kids


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    The point of gardening with kids isn’t to grow fruits and vegetables as much as it is to help kids grow in faith.   Gardening with young children is like cooking with them: messy, stressful,...

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Making Our Good Friday Timeline


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    A picture timeline that I updated throughout the day was just the thing to help my kids appreciate Jesus’ Passion on Good Friday and beyond.   by Becky Arganbright   For years, I...

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Make a Door of Mercy for Your Home


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  Making your own Holy Door of Mercy can remind your family to keep the Jubilee Year of Mercy everyday . . . and welcome your guests with a message of mercy. Here’s how.   by Jerry...

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Make a Family Plan for Lent


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  Make your family’s Lent great with a little planning. Here’s how.   One of the easiest ways for your family to have a fruitful Lent is simply to take the time to plan what you want to...

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Dumbing Down Dads | Bigger on the Inside


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  The “dumb dad” is the entertainment industry’s go-to character for cheap laughs. But what message are these men sending our boys? by Jen Schlameuss-Perry It’s everywhere–in kids’ show, grown-up shows—my favorite shows. Dumb dads are...

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Labyrinth | Bigger on the Inside


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  In honor of the passing of David Bowie, I made my family watch Labyrinth. Yes, “made,” because this movie is a classic! Before your family watches it, here are a few things to consider. by...

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Cartoons and You | Bigger on the Inside


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  It’s no secret that most cartoons are for kids these days—in fact, there are many people who, upon seeing animation, believe that any given cartoon must be for kids. Not so… by Jen Schlameuss-Perry...

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The Force Awakens | Bigger on the Inside


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  Are you ready for ‘The Force Awakens’? Here’s what to expect—and how it can help kids think about their faith. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry Warning: May contain spoilers!!! At the end of Return of the Jedi,...

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How to Start a Catholic Kids Book Club


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  Starting a Catholic kids’ book club is a great way to help kids explore culture and ideas in light of their faith—plus, they love leading the conversation themselves. Here’s how to get started.   by...

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7 Tips for Family Meetings


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Do you have a regularly time for your family to come together just to talk? Regular family meetings help build relationships in a family by providing a structure for communication. My husband and I are...

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Write a Letter to the Pope


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The pope isn’t just the pastor of the world’s billion or so Catholics; he’s your pastor, too, and you can connect with him by writing him a letter. Thousands of people write to the pope...

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Set SMART Goals for Your Family


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  What do you wish for your children this year? What about for your family? Here’s how to take those wishes and turn them into SMART goals.   by Heidi Indahl Towards the beginning of each school...

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What Is Your Family About?


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  Knowing who you are as a family and working to build a family identity can help you make important decisions about how to live together. Here are two activities to get you started. by...

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The Day I Told My Kids about Purgatory


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  I knew our little talk about purgatory wasn’t going so well based on the size of my kids’ eyes. Thank goodness the Holy Spirit had my back.   by Becky Arganbright   Every time a relative...

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Teach your kids spiritual discernment


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As teens grow older, they begin to make important life choices for themselves: vocation, career, post-secondary schooling, volunteer opportunities, and relationships, to name a few. You can help them face these decisions by introducing them...

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The Easter Octave | The Bread for Apr 5 – 11


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  “Christ is risen, alleluia!” Plan to kick off a fifty-day celebration of the Resurrection with traditional Easter games for kids, Easter breads, and an Easter table blessing (we’ve got links). You might also plan to change up...

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What Can We Tell Our Kids about Heaven?


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  With the popularity of books about near-death experiences, what can Catholic parents tell their kids about the afterlife? Here’s a quick primer.   by Jerry Windley-Daoust I’ve had to field a lot of strange...

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Holy Card Key Chain


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Want to distract little kids during Mass while introducing them to the saints at the same time? Get a bunch of holy cards (sources below), laminate them (if they aren’t already laminated), hole punch them,...

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Good Deed Beads (Sacrifice Beads)


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Good Deed Beads, also known as Sacrifice Beads, are basically nine or eleven beads threaded on a length of cord or string in such a way that the beads stay in place when a child...

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Waiting for Christmas


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Welcome to Advent 2007, everyone. We put up the Christmas tree at our house…and the Nativity set (at the foot of the tree in the photo above, with Mary and Joseph waiting for the baby...

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