Looking for posts on how to raise contemplative kids? Here you’ll find links to all my posts on homeschooling and parenting. We are raising four rambunctious boys to be saintly contemplatives. Yes, it is possible! Please see the page on my book series A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Children for a free temperament test and more resources.


Bible-based homeschool units

Creation unit
Jacob and Esau unit
Learning typology with Daniel in the Lions’ Den
Teaching typology with Joseph & his brothers

Homeschool units on the papacy

The papal conclave for kids
Meet Pope Francis (for kids and their parents)

More lessons from the Bible

Finding patterns in the Bible
Bible verses for you and your kids to memorize
Make your Bible study memorable with Legos

Prayer & spiritual growth for kids

YOU are your child’s model of prayer
Teach your children mental prayer

Mental prayer for adolescents
Sing the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with children
Create a guided meditation for kids
Meditation for kids: the thankful leper
Teach your kids the one thing necessary
Meditation for kids: Manna in the wilderness
Meditation for kids: Jesus our healer
The powerful Sign of the Cross

Temperament studies

Becoming your child’s spiritual director
Motivating your phlegmatic child (and yourself)
Helping your choleric child grow in holiness

The contemplative homeschool

The faith-based homeschool
Teach your kids something useless
Educate your kids for divine union
A fresh start to religious education at home
Narrations and Christian prayer
Homeschooling and Original Sin
Using a homily format for homeschool
3 resolutions for a more contemplative school year
Domestic monastery: living by the bell
Should school focus on work or leisure?
Holiness & education both begin with openness
Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and learning styles

Catholic parenting

Spiritual support for Catholic dads
Why I don’t let my boys be crude
10 ways dads can help their children grow in holiness
Humility: the most important virtue for parents
4 tips for getting kids to do chores
5 reasons not to give your child an iPad
God and parenting woes
10 ways to keep your kids Catholic
Raising boys to be men–not beasts

Finding God in children’s literature

Peter Rabbit & the fall of man
Benjamin Bunny & the narrow gate

Yertle in Babylon
Happy Epiphany from author Jean Craighead George

Frodo, Abraham, and you

Homeschool methods

Should we “push” our children to learn?
Is fear or love the better motivator?

Seasonal posts

Advent activities for your family
Educational games for your Christmas list
Hectic Advent? Change your school calendar
Family and homeschool activities for Lent
Fortnight for Freedom activities for the whole family

Books and resources

Books to teach boys virtue
Golden Children’s Bible
4 favorite books for your youngest child

New discoveries from the homeschool conference
Educational games for your Christmas list
Math can be poetic
Pro-life fiction for every age group
Memorize the Faith with your child

Miscellaneous homeschool posts

Report from the homeschool conference
Homeschooling with the Carmelite Saints on Radio Maria
Homeschool parents, you can change the world!
The power of stories
Tangrams: combining math and art
Vatican teaching on Catholic schools

11 thoughts on “Homeschool & Parenting”

  1. Hello Connie! I am currently reading and reflecting on Abandonment to Divine Providence. I’m gleaning so much from it and thinking of my daughter as well. As a family that deals with much suffering on a daily basis due to my rare diseases that she may indeed have inherited I would love to share this beautiful teaching with her. Are you aware of any resources that could help me do such? Thank you for the blessing you are to the Catholic homeschool community. And thank you for your time!

    1. No, unfortunately I don’t know of a source for you. You might try a book for kids on St. Therese, since trust was a major theme in her life. But you might not find one that focuses on trust. I wish I could have been more help!

  2. I pray you have come to some peace with your criticism of Dr. Bottaro’s work, “The Mindful Catholic.” I am midway through the book and while searching for his audios on relaxation with God, I came across your page. I, too, refuse to practice Yoga. I am also a huge fan of EWTN, Johnette Benkovic Williams, Susan Brinkman, the Discalced Carmelites and Teresa of Avila. I wonder, however, if they would have approached the author first before publicly dissecting his book. It has been a source of great progress for me in my prayer-life and a tool that puts me in the presence of our Ever Loving God. Email me any time. Maybe we can chat. Marilyn M. Crisafi

    1. Hi, Marilyn. I have read both of Dr. Bottaro’s books, and they have only confirmed me in the view that mindfulness is not compatible with Christian prayer. The techniques he teaches are Buddhist meditation. As far as public criticism, his books and talk are public statements that are fair game for response, just as people commonly write book reviews without contacting the author. Plus, I knew that others had already approached him privately with their concerns and he was not open to what they had to say. God bless.

  3. Connie, do you know of any spiritual directors who you would recommend? I have enrolled in 2 of your courses and have learned much. Do you provide private direction? I live in Rockford, IL, but would be willing to drive a distance. Thank you for your courses. God bless. Jean Rathke My email is tennroses@gmail.com

    1. Jean, if you are part of our Facebook group, there are a handful of spiritual directors there who are taking new directees. I can’t “recommend” them, because I only know them on FB. But they have all taken a survey that you can view as a starting place for your discernment. I believe they all will do remote (phone/Skype/etc.) direction.

      1. Hi Connie! Thank you for your response. I have never done Face book and am not very technically savy. I finally purchased my first personal computer when I was 60 years old. Is there any other way I could get contact information?
        I just finished your book on Trusting God with St Theresa and also Into the Deep by Dan Burke. I am starting the book Navigating the Interior Life. I am newly retired and now have time to read. God bless and thank you again. Jean Rathke

  4. Hello, I am reading your book about raising a choleric child.. I noticed that my son 18 years old now (who is a choleric but very ‘silent’ and inwardly) rarely says ‘thank you’ for things like rides or gifts or services done for him.. I sometimes remind him but often feel like it is a forced thing that drives a further wedge.. anyway, how would you correct a choleric with a fault like this without them feeling controlled, etc? Thank you!!!

    1. It’s a bit tougher when your child is an adult. I would tie the practice of gratitude to something that is an important goal/agenda for him, and make it a suggestion, rather than a demand. For example, “I know it’s really important to you to make a big impact in the world. I think that people will listen to you and follow your lead more readily if you show appreciation for their hard work and gratitude in general.” Something like that. Hope it works for you!

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