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When the ‘Best’ School is a Religious School

This is an issue that comes up a lot in secular families. (So much so that I’m not sure why I’ve not written about it sooner.) In so many areas of our country, religious organizations have cornered the preschool market. (I remember when I was school-shopping for my daughter,...more

“Mommy, What’s Confession?”

Last week, I gave you some simple language with which to explain Catechism in a non-religious way. Today, because it’s...more

“Mommy, What’s Catechism?”

This segment of “Mommy, What’s That?” — a series...more

My Kid’s New (And Adorably Diplomatic) Theory of Evolution

My daughter has this tendency to go all existentialist on me while riding in the car. I’m not sure what it is about this particular setting that motivates these sorts of talks. Is it sitting still with nothing else to do? ...more

5 Reasons to ‘Design Your Own Deity’

When I first found this “Design Your Own Deity” magnetic play set, I was a little pissed at you. Yes, you. All 15 of you ....more

It’s a Gift from God, Y’all

Want to know what the Bible says but don’t want to read the damn thing?...more

That is Called Dying (More or Less)

I’ve written reams about how to talk with children about death without resorting to religious imagery. My daughter nails it in a single sentence. I’m beginning to think I’m no longer needed here ....more

Quick! What the Hell is Ash Wednesday?

So much of religion centers on food. The faithful, it seems, are constantly feasting or fasting. Indulging or holding back....more

From the Mind of an 8-year-old: ‘Who Made Up God?’

My daughter is on her rope swing, looking out into the blue sky just beyond the fence line of our front yard. She is thinking quietly. And deeply, as it turns out ....more