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Maria’s Musings & Advice: Mama ain’t into tats

By on May 26, 2017 in Advice, Moms | 6 comments

Dear Maria, Ugh! My daughter just got a tattoo. Throughout her teens, she talked about wanting to get a tattoo, and I never gave her permission. Now that she’s of age, she’s gone and done it. I can’t say that I’m happy about it! Tattoos always meant criminal or low class people to me. Does that make my daughter one? I guess I can...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Online Harassment

By on Jan 19, 2017 in Advice, Moms | 2 comments

Dear Maria, I’m wondering if you have suggestions for helping your teenager handle online harassment from peers. My high school-aged kid has a former friend who regularly posts things about her on various social media sites. Sometimes it’s direct, using my teen’s name, making negative comments about her, and encouraging others to...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Mom’s confounding Christmas morn

By on Jan 5, 2017 in Advent and Christmas, Advice, Moms | 6 comments

Dear Maria, For Christmas, my husband and I gave our teenage daughter a very nice gift. It was an iPad, something lots of people her age would like, or at least I thought. She opened the package, pulled the plastic cover off the screen, and then shoved it back in the box without even turning it on. She seemed angry about it. I was...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: No divas, please

By on Dec 22, 2016 in Advent and Christmas, Advice, Moms | 2 comments

Mary, Jesus’ mother and I, we kinda have this thing. I was born on one of her feast days, and my parents named me “Maria Regina.” Over the years, I’ve come to know and appreciate Mary as an intercessor, as a friend, and as a fellow mom. There’s a gospel passage in which a woman in a crowd following Jesus says, “Blessed is your...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Take My Place, Please!

By on Oct 20, 2016 in Advice, Moms | 6 comments

Dear Maria, I’ve been a volunteer at our church and kids’ grade school for nearly 20 years. I’ve held bake sales, led scout troops, and now I’m chairing the fall festival. My husband coaches the soccer team. Come spring, our youngest will graduate and go on to high school. Knowing this is coming up, we’re both trying to find...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: High School Stole My Son

By on Sep 22, 2016 in Advice, Moms | 2 comments

Dear Maria, My son just started high school and he’s busier than ever. His social life has really picked up. He was always kind of quiet and shy before. I guess now that he’s with more kids in a bigger school and doing more activities, he’s coming out of his shell at school. Sounds great, right? The problem is he clams up again...