8 Useful Tips and Resources for the Whole Family

8 Useful Tips and Resources for the Whole Family

Posted by : Blyton Pinto | Catholic Life, Kids, Parenting, Self Development, Spirituality

Whatever question you have, the answer is out there. All you have to do is Google it. We always have questions. We are searching, all the time. So this week I thought of putting together a few good resources that might help you find answers to some of your questions

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1.  Are you searching for good family-oriented movies to watch?

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There are very few people who don't watch movies at all. Even if you don't really enjoy, there is a high possibility that you will watch at least one movie a year. So why don't you make the best of it? Here is a list of family-oriented movies, recommended by Peanut Butter & Grace, a Christian blog which I read regularly. This list is different. It focuses on Christian movies. Though I have not watched all of them, I'm sure the chances of getting embarrassed by inappropriate scenes or blood and gory is very small. 


2.  Are you looking for THAT breakthrough in your life or career?

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There are many things you can do to prepare yourself for success. But all starts with The One Thing*. This is an amazing self-help concept by Gary and Jay, who reveal a simple truth behind extraordinary results. This concept helped me convert my dream of blogging into a reality. It can help you rise from your overloaded lives to reach your goals. 

Another book that I use is High Performance Habits*. Read this book in conjunction with The One Thing* for maximum benefit. Brendon Burchard reveals the habits you need to develop for extraordinary long-term success. It turns out you need ONLY 6 habits*.

Both these books were introduced to me by David Abriomy friend, who conducts Formation Programs for busy Catholics.


3.  Looking for some good recipes?

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Everyone loves a tasty meal. Isn’t it fun to learn new recipes and experiment on your families? With 1.3 million subscribers, I think a safe place to experiment with recipes is VahRehVah. This is Sonia’s favorite cooking website and Sanjay Thumma’s recipes are delicious. He also adds humor and variety to his videos, which make them enjoyable. Even if you don’t enjoy his videos in the beginning, just watch 21 recipes, I’m confident you’ll continue watching. This happened to me.

Another cooking website with tasty vegetarian recipes is Hebbars Kitchen.

4.  Are you fighting with clutter in your house?

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Try the KonMari method - Tidy your space, transform your life. We try Marie Kondo’s tidying tips regularly at our home. Can you imagine that she made a career out of tidying other peoples messy rooms? Now running a successful tidying consultancy, TIME magazine has listed her as one of the 100 most influential people.


5.  Are you unhappy with the way you stand up for your faith?

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In your life, it's highly possible that you have been challenged by others about aspects of your Faith. If you're like me, many times we don't do a good job. We are lost for words when we are confronted by opposing views and often feel bitter with ourselves for not knowing the answers or worse still, knowing the answers but unable to articulate them satisfactorily.

Always try to get the answers from the horse's mouth. Since I am a Catholic, I’m speaking about the Catholic Faith and the best place for all your answers are:

a.  Vatican website

b.  Catechism of the Catholic Church

c.  EWTN

Many Catholics who are searching for answers, unfortunately, do not go to the true source but rather Google up and read the answers from the Top sites that turn up in the Search. That’s very dangerous.

Some other wonderful resources are:

Rome Sweet Home*: The well-known Catholic couple, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, tell about the incredible spiritual journey that led them to embrace Catholicism. Scott Hahn was a Presbyterian minister, the top student in his seminary class, a brilliant Scripture scholar, and militantly anti-Catholic ... until he reluctantly began to discover that his "enemy" had all the right answers. Kimberly, also a top-notch theology student in the seminary, is the daughter of a well-known Protestant minister and went through a tremendous "dark night of the soul" after Scott converted to Catholicism. Their conversion story and love for the Church has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of lukewarm Catholics and brought them back into an active participation in the Church.

Crossing the Tiber*: An exhilarating conversion story of a devout Baptist who relates how he overcame his hostility to the Catholic Church by a combination of serious Bible study and vast research of the writings of the early Church Fathers. Ray offers an in-depth and moving account of his conversion that caused him and his wife to "cross the Tiber" to Rome.


6.  Need help to grow your kids in the Faith?

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In one of my previous articles, I touched upon the challenges we parents face when passing on our Faith to our youth. In case you need help, here are some tangible resources that you can use to help your children understand and grow in Faith

a.  YOUCAT*: Is short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. Written for high-school age people and young adults, YOUCAT* is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes Q&As, highly-readable commentary, definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from Saints. YOUCAT* is keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church*, so people can go deeper.

 b. Theology of the Body*: Broken families, abortion, AIDS, internet pornography, sexual abuse scandals, homosexual marriage; our Church and our world are in the midst of a profound sexual crisis. Is there a way out? St. John Paul II s famous reflections on the body and sex take us to the root of the modern crisis and chart the path to an authentic sexual liberation.


7.  Are you ready for some real hard Teaching?

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This book is one of my all-time favorites. The Imitation of Christ* is not for the faint-hearted. It’s only for those who want to raise their spiritual game to absurdly high levels. This book speaks to the soul of every true Christian, reminding him of the fleeting nature of earthly joy as opposed to the eternity of happiness with God.


8.  A great option for finding holiday accommodation

When holidaying, if you are a family of 5+, hotel rooms become uneconomical or inconvenient. Your choices become limited. This is where Airbnb fills the gap. Live like a local, in a fully furnished house or apartment. You even have the luxury of preparing your own food, eating at your convenience and saving heaps of money, NOT eating out routinely. You can spend that money during the same holiday on another unique local experience, which could be food again. We have always used Airbnb to find holiday accommodation and have not had any reason to complain. Of course, there are many options other than Airbnb. Decide what’s best for your situation.



Everyone needs a change. Me too. Hence this time I’ve not written my usual articles but thought of sharing with you a few things we learned, enjoyed or benefitted from. We would be happy if you shared with other readers interesting lessons that you learned and which could benefit others in this community.

As I always request, if you liked this article or know of someone else who may like it, I’d appreciate a share.



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