Inspired parenting

Mark Swinney, C.S.B.

In this lively chat, which featured many questions from site visitors, Mark began by explaining that both the children and their parents in any family are all God's children, that each of us has a Father and a Mother who is God. A parent himself, Mark says he's found keeping this idea in the forefront of thought is essential. He also emphasizes the importance of viewing our children as God, our Parent, is seeing them. He says that we can see our children "as fully capable-- as good, pure, patient--and those qualities expressed in your child is natural!"

Questions posed by visitors include parenting issues such as feeling under-appreciated or overwhelmed by the demands of small children, not having quiet time, religious differences, balancing parenting and work. Mark offers thoughts on how to prepare children to make wise decisions, helping kids deal with pressures at school, and caring for a child with down syndrome.

The transcribed text has been edited for clarity.

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