New Baby Chaos?

Dear Holly,I have read your book and used your workbook and love them! I had implemented it very well into our family with my daughter until we went away on holidays and then I didn’t get the routine back when we returned, plus I was at end of my pregnancy with our second and it didn’t happen. Now I’m going a little crazy with the chaos that is going on in my home with a 2 year old and a 2 month old. I’m rereading A Mother’s Rule of Life and looking for other moms to read it with me to help us all implement it and stay accountable to each other. Do you have any tips on how implement a Mother’s Rule of Life with a newborn and 2 year old when the newborn is nursing very frequently during the day and the 2 year old is constantly making messes around the...

She Says It Can’t Be Done…

Dear Holly, I called a friend today for some support in putting together a rule of life. While talking with her I went to the “pit of discouragement”. I should not have called her! She just explained that it can’t be done (following a schedule) but the basis is good. I called her for encouragement and got the opposite…she held firm: Holly’s rule is too strict. It can’t be...

Stats on Home Schooling?

Dear Holly,I’m wondering if you have any idea where I can get my hands on any research or stats on the success of homeschooling. Do you know of any groups/individuals that have conducted studies on how well homeschooled children do academically and socially? How well do homeschooled children integrate into society when their studies are finished? How mature/socially adept are they? I’m pretty sure that homeschooling will be successful but I expect to encounter significant opposition when I tell friends/family that we’re thinking of homeschooling. I’d like to have an arsenal of success stories to combat the skepticism. Any info you can give me would be much...

In Need of Spiritual Direction

Dear Holly,I have a lot of questions about the faith as a relatively new convert from last year. When I go to Confession it seems so quick, and usually I have my new baby in my arms, and I forget my questions or don’t ask them in the right way. How do I find a spiritual director? I really need some direction in choosing just a couple of things to work on at a time… I have trouble remaining consistent with anything, and there’s about 50 things that I feel like I need to work on, in my prayer life, my life with my husband, my attitude towards my...

Is a Clean House Really Important?

Dear Holly,Congratulations in getting that new e-book out – A Spirituality of Motherhood – and for updating the website! Please continue your apostolate of this website. It is truly a blessing. I haven’t been online much lately, with the birth of my new son, who is healthy and happy. The sleep deprivation is still severe at this point, but God is helping me cope with it pretty well. I am really struggling with implementing or even creating a Rule, though the priority of the five Ps is in my mind a lot. There are many things, important things like the new baby and my conversion to Catholicism, happening in my life right now. With all this, a clean house doesn’t even seem important. Is it important? I grew up in a household with very low cleaning standards, and though I would prefer things to be much cleaner I just can’t seem to get it...
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