Family Funnies

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is receiving Christmas cards, photos, and letters from family and friends. To return the joy, we have made it a tradition to send out a family newsletter each Christmas, in which we include the amusing things our kids have said during the year. Kids can be so hilarious. Here are some of the Cooney and Clement Family Funnies:

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Books to Give Your Kids this Christmas

Around this time of year as I think about Christmas shopping, I know I have to tackle the toy closet in order to make room for more stuff. However,  one look at our toy storage, which is a dangerous undertaking, makes me want to revolt against plastic toys, toys that need batteries, toys with a million little pieces, and toys in general. The thought of having to buy even more toys makes me feel like this:

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St. Joseph’s Advent in Art

Have you ever noticed that many Christmas cards have beautiful pictures of Mary and the Baby Jesus, but St. Joseph is nowhere to be seen? Why is it that St. Joseph is so often over-looked in the nativity scene? There is so much to learn from St. Joseph that it is a shame to take so little notice of him, especially during Advent. Here are some pictures and thoughts about St. Joseph’s Advent I’ve been sharing with my kids.

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Celebrating the Feast of St. Nicholas

Well, I’m back!  Mary is taking off another week from blog writing (but don’t worry, she’ll be back next week with something spectacular!).  She has asked me to expand on St. Nicholas and some ideas to celebrate his feast day on December 6th.  What a glorious time of year to bring the Faith to life for our children!

There are many exaggerated legends associated with this great man, but we do know some indisputable facts about his life.  St. Nicholas is one of the most popular saints, among Catholics and non-Catholics alike. He is the patron saint of children and is said to have been represented by Christian artists more frequently than any other saint, aside from Our Lady.  In order to understand where this popularity comes from, we can look at this saint’s history.

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Advent Traditions

(NOTE:  Mary is taking a break this week from blog writing.  So she has asked me (Sue, the other mom on this blog) to write my first ever post!   This is so exciting!  Mary has posted the lion share of the content on this blog, but I am hoping in the coming months to step it up!  Just a forewarning, my blog posts will never be what Mary’s are.  That lady is AMAZING!   Mine will be more of a cross between Erma Bombeck and C.S. Lewis.  So here it goes!)

As we head into one of my most favorite liturgical seasons, I thought it would be nice to share some of our family’s Advent Traditions. I LOVE to establish different traditions around the Church calendar.  First, the kiddies go crazy about them!   We are talking, absolutely have to do this stuff without a doubt, even when I am too tired and just wanting to read a book and take a bath. Second, we are covertly teaching them about the Faith, and it doesn’t involve anything BORING (as they put it)!  So each year, I try my best to do something exciting but liturgical.

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Teaching Kids who Can’t Sit Still

Rascal: 7 years old. Highly imaginative. Fidgety. Fun-loving. Full of energy. Easily distracted. Affectionate. Attention-seeking.

Sound familiar?

He’s the lovable little guy who is smarter than you think but is so wiggly and easily distracted that trying to teach him is…. well,  let’s be honest… sometimes plain torture.

How can we teach these kids who can’t seem to sit still? Here are some ideas that have helped with my irrepressible, spirited Rascal.

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Thoughts and Tips on Teaching Singapore Math

One thing that surprised me about this blog was the wide interest in the Lesson Plans that Simplify Singapore Math. Almost every day, people are downloading the lesson plans. So I decided to share some thoughts and tips on teaching Singapore Math, specifically Primary Mathematics, Standards Ed.

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Horror Stories of a Church-Going Mom

It all started on a sunny day in California, when Big-Sis was a little over a year. We were at Mass, and for some reason our sweet little cherub was taking a fit. My husband carried her to the cry room with the hopes of calming her down, but to no avail. When the time for Communion came, Chris had to carry her, while she was kicking and screaming, to the front of the church to receive the Holy Eucharist. From then on, attending Mass has never been the same.

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Seven Facts About Saints Your Kids Need to Know

With the wonderful feast of All Saints Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about our children and what they think of becoming saints. Many of us adults know that we are called to be saints. But how many of us actually believe that we will reach that lofty goal? How many of us, when we consider our human weaknesses, feel discouraged? Sanctity is for Fr. So and So, but not for me.  I often think if ever I go straight to Heaven, it will be on the coattails of the holy people around me or through a trap door.

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Children and their Temperaments

After last week’s post, it’s time for a good laugh…

When I was in graduate school, I had a fantastic piano teacher. As a pedagogy student, I enjoyed talking to him about his thoughts and advice on teaching. For even with a variety of students from around the globe, he had a way of understanding how to motivate and inspire each pupil. One of the things he advised was that I get to understand my students better by learning about their temperaments.

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