“Protect Me from Evil and Give Me Some Bread!”: Normalizing Faith in Your Kids

“Normalization” is the process by which kids come to own what they learn, and it’s our goal when passing on the faith to our kids. Sound complicated? It’s simpler than you might think.   by Heidi Indahl   My five-year-old … Read More

Make A Timeline of Marian Apparitions

Make a timeline of Mary’s apparitions and teach your family about Marian theology, geography, and history. by Heidi Indahl If you have been following my column for long, you probably know that I have a thing about timelines. They are … Read More

How Mary Healed My Heart on the Feast of the Assumption

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  I vividly remember not wanting to even go to Mass that Assumption morning. The anxiety and stress were eating me alive…yet that day something changed in my heart.   by Heidi Indahl   Since my stillbirth ten years ago, … Read More

3 Simple Ways to Ease the Burden of Pregnancy & Infant Loss

When a friend or loved one loses a baby during pregnancy or at birth, it may seem there’s not much we can say or do. But here are three simple ways to ease their burden, offered by someone who’s been there. … Read More

Make Your Own Circle of the Church Year

    Try this hands-on “circle of the Church year” to help your children learn about the liturgical cycle.   by Heidi Indahl   Just as a new calendar cycle begins every January, so too our Church calendar begins a … Read More

Make a Stations of the Cross Story Timeline with Your Kids

  You can prepare younger children for Holy Week and for praying the Stations of the Cross by making the stations into a story timeline. Here’s how, with links to resources.   by Heidi Indahl   The Stations of the Cross … Read More

12 Tips for Training Your Kids to Do Chores

  Expecting your kids to do chores teaches them important life skills, and helps keep the house clean, too. But first, you have to train them—and yourself. Here are 12 tips.   by Heidi Indahl Note: An earlier version of this post originally … Read More

The Unceremonious Story of Our Family Giving Box

  My kids love the annual CRS Rice Bowl so much, it has (accidentally more than intentionally) evolved into a year-round “giving box.”   by Heidi Indahl My children have always enjoyed participating in the annual Lenten Rice Bowl campaigns by … Read More

Make Personal Prayer Boxes for Your Kids

  Help even the youngest children take five minutes a day for personal prayer by making them personal prayer boxes. Here’s how.   by Heidi Indahl   “Everybody be QUIET!  I’m having my personal prayer time now!” Plopped down in … Read More

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