Dr. Tom and Kari Curran talk about the importance of family meetings: manners, medical emergencies, media, and more! The Currans read their family Christmas letter and talk about how they helped their kids discern a Word of the Year.
Dr. Tom and Kari Curran testify to the challenge of parenting iGen teenagers by exploring the following topics: smartphone contracts, social media rules, sleepover policy, the clergy sexual assault crisis, ‘vaping’ and more. Tom talks about how to manage apps/internet usage on a mobile device and Kari gives ideas on how to utilize smartphones to incentivize faith formation, hard work and good grades.
The Currans reflect on doubt vs. faith and the connection between struggle and triumph. Tom talks about the message he spoke to Catholic school parents and reads an excerpt from the book Kingdom Journeys: The Lost Spiritual Discipline by Seth Barnes. Kari shares stories from the send-off party for Mary Grace and continues to discuss their smart-phone rules for teens.
Dr. Tom Curran prays a ‘big prayer,’ encourages reflective journaling and reads quotes from St. Thomas Aquinas about living in peace and concord with oneself and others. Tom also addresses the topic of dependence syndrome and mobile device over-use addiction.
Dr. Tom and Kari Curran launch the new school year by recapping the summer and discussing the tests and trials that have unfolded in their new stage of parenting. The Currans talk about the gift of ‘play’ in growing a lively family faith and the new conversations they are having with their kids.