Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

Millennials Parenting in the Era of Social Media

My latest on Catholicmom.com

An excerpt:
Clearly feeling scrutinized and judged IS NOT a 21st-century thing – it’s a human thing. Sometimes it’s even a sin thing. The only difference with parenting now is that oversharing can be done instantly via social media for the whole world to see.

The truth is, every generation has done parenting before! The terrain of Instragram and Facebook and other social media is not the same terrain that moms faced even ten years ago. It’s much smoother. After all, you can unplug a computer and put down the iPhone. In the last 100 years, new moms have dealt with recessions, many wars and even the Great Depression. Putting food on the table trumps getting upset over a pretty Pinterest post.

The Paul and Mary Beveridge Family