Phew! Life has been full…sorry to have been away for so long!

I am back!

I really enjoyed talking about home schooling with those that are new to it, and those thinking about it. This took place at Chesterton House in Mundare.

Coming up in the same location this Saturday, I will be speaking on how to keep good attachment with your adult children, even after they leave home.  This talk is for ladies 16 years and up.  Experiences will be shared on how to  keep building a loving relationship with your adult daughters. If you have a daughter going off to post-secondary or is moving out of the home, this presentation will be of value.  RSVP to Therese

4theresemcd@gmail.com

Evening with G.K. Chesterton

This is a reminder that we are hosting and evening with G.K. Chesterton tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 18th) at 7PM.

Therese will be presenting a short talk on who Chesterton is, why we named our endeavour after him, and what else to expect tomorrow night at Chesterton House in Mundare.

7:00PM – Informative talk
7:40PM – Discussion on Chesterton’s prophetic insight into our present society.  How is Chesterton relevant to this time in history?
8:15PM – Recitals (surprise) of Chesterton pieces done by youth.
8:45PM – Toast to G.K. Chesterton –  Spirits and Root Beer – Snacks provided

Social time

By Donation.

Email Therese if you are interested:
chestertonhousemcdonald@gmail.com

Question Box – Young Romance

March 16th, 2015 (B41)

Greetings in the Lord!

I was asked my opinion on young romances. Therese, what do you think of teens, fourteen or fifteen, dating?

“To what purpose?” was my response.

I know that attraction can be strong at a young age, and that youth can form pretty intense relationships, but again, to what purpose, and maybe more importantly, to what result?

I believe it is important for teen ladies and gentlemen to associate with each other and to learn to interact with members of the opposite sex.  I think it important that they form friendship and gain an appreciation for the feminine and masculine gifts.

I do not think young romance is healthy.  I do believe in courtship and discernment dating when a couple is of sufficient maturity and age.

I recently encountered a mother whose son was in profound depression and experiencing bitterness at the break-up with his girlfriend.  At the age of 15, he was devastated.  I’m sure he felt his love had been real.  I feel for him, but I also know his capacity to attach to a young lady in a practical and prepared way is just not there at that age.

Encouraging young romance encourages early detachment from parental guidance and creates the construct for peer attachment when parent attachment should still be primary.

When a youth dives into intimate relationship too early, behaviour issues can emerge in the home, and a level of privacy that excludes parental involvement.  The youth, thinking himself ready for romance, resents interference from Mom and Dad.

When the romance ends, as it does most of the time, the child then has difficulty returning his primary attachment to his parents.  He is ill equipped to deal with the pain of the collapse of a perceived true love and often experiences a lonesome trauma in his immaturity.

Later in life, after giving a part of their heart away in succession to a boyfriend or girlfriend, many young adults enter into marriage with much baggage.

Discernment dating and courtship are for the marriage-minded and those seeking a life-long convent and mate.

What purpose if found in young romance?  What comes about from it?

What freedom comes with having a great time with friends of the opposite sex, in healthy fun and activity!  Be parents that are present to your teens, provide wholesome activities, but give them good reasons to keep things light.🙂

Attaching hearts to home,

Therese (ah2h.tv)

 

A couple of talks coming up…

I will be speaking at the Western Canadian Catholic Home Schooling Conference in Edmonton, Alberta at 9:00am on Friday.  Topic:  How Does Faith Form Home Schooling? If you are interested in attending this conference there is still room. For more information, go to:  http://www.wcchsc.net/new/

For those in my area,  I will be offering a talk for those contemplating home schooling or are just starting out in their journey.

Where: Chesterton House in Mundare, Alberta  (4theresemcd@gmail.com for more info. or to attend)

When: Saturday, March 21st at 3PM

By donation.

Making it Happen

March 11, 2015 (B40)

Greetings in the Lord!

My husband and I decided very early on in the game, that we would put the effort in to make good things happen for our children – we would be willing to drive to places, go through the effort of packing lunches and knapsacks, create activities and events for our kids, and invite people over.

It takes energy to create a rich environment, full of interesting places, experiences, and people.  It is easier to not to go.  Being hospitable takes planning and preparation.   The pay off is great, though!

Making it happen makes for close families.  Sharing common experiences create emotional ties and lasting memories.  Our memory is smack-dab in the middle of the emotional center of our brain.  The more meaningful an experience, the more likely it will stay with us.  What stays with us, be it negative or positive, has impact on attachment.  Good memories mean strong love bonds.

Our love for friends and family is made stronger through what we do with them.  Participating together in an educational activity, a play, sports, worship, or celebration, makes us more stable as a community.  As a result,  the ties we form with others and within family, help our children to be well-attached, in balance, happier, and more likely to be generous of self.

Get out there and make it happen!

Attaching Hearts to Home,

Therese (ah2h.tv)

Attachment and Singing

March 4, 2015 (B39)

Greetings in the Lord!

Music does a lot to attach us.  Sometimes just a few memorable notes from a song set off the emotions and tie us to an event, a memory, a moment in time.  Music is powerful.  Singing aloud can do wonderful things for us.  Those happy endorphins wash our brains, giving us a shot of “feel good”.

When I’m approached by people who suffer depression, I always recommend regular, energetic walks.  I also advise that they put some music on – peppy stuff, or spiritual stuff.  It elevates the soul, the mind, and certainly is great for the body!

Families should sing together more.  Singing bonds people.  Creating one voice moves us closer to being of one heart.

What a great tool for getting closer to one another!  Go ahead!  Sing!

Attaching hearts to home,

Therese (ah2h.tv)

St. Valentine – an encourager of marriage

February 14th, 2015 (B37)

Greetings in the Lord!

St. Valentine was a Roman Priest during the time of Emperor Claudias, a persecutor of the Church.  Claudias prohibited the marriage of young people as he wanted to keep his soldiers focused on fighting with determination, fearless in the face of death, and free from the worry of  leaving a wife and children behind.

St. Valentine and the Church saw marriage as sacred and necessary to an ordered and happy society.  He performed marriage ceremonies despite Claudias’ edict, which eventually got St. Valentine imprisoned and tortured.  In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage.

Although we don’t have an edict in our present world against marriage, this sacred union is under great threat.

Pause today to give thanks for holy love, marriage, and God’s beautiful gift- created to be one by God’s design.

Attaching Hearts to Home,

Therese (ah2h.tv)