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Here's to Strong Women

I grew up in a family of three girls, and my parents taught my sisters and me that we are capable of doing anything we put our minds to. It is a message that we all took to heart and have carried forward with us in our lives. My oldest sister is a scientist, touching lives through her research. My other sister is a social worker, helping those in need of help in many different ways. Myself, I enjoy the honor of using my words to share my faith journey with all of you, our readers.
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Mother Teresa's Advice for Families

 Image: Sister Rose Clare Lee, left, regional superior of the Missionaries of Charity, joins other nuns in exchanging the sign of peace during a Mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of St. Teresa of Kolkata at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City Sept. 10. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) Saint Teresa of Calcutta knew that love, compassion, and mercy begins at home. Family, she always maintained, was the cornerstone of holiness and goodness. The following text was written by Mother Teresa herself. 
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Advice for Parents: Let Siblings Work It Out

  Let’s say I’m a nine-year-old boy. My sister is six. I’m bigger, stronger, and feistier. Is it in my interest to accommodate? Or would I be inclined to solve conflicts in my favor? Is self-love stronger than sibling love? Can you imagine my nine-year-old self saying to my sister, “OK, Harmony, let’s try to work this out. Since I’m the big brother, I will sacrifice. You play with the Legos first, all by yourself, for the next fifteen minutes. See, isn’t that better? And Mom can enjoy her nap.” If by some quirk of nature, you have a child like this, I’d say let him solve all conflicts. In fact, I’d say let him raise himself—and his sister, too.
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