How to Win at Parenting

Mental illness is an increasing problem among teenagers today. But is more access to mental health services the solution or just a Band-aid over a deeper issue? What role might parenting play in the mental health of adolescents?

Dr. Jonathan Rothwell, chief economist for Gallup polls, studied how parenting practices and the quality of the relationship between parent and child affect youth mental health.

Learn how parents’ answers to these questions help determine how well-adjusted their teens are:

  • My child completes the priorities I set before him/her before being allowed to play or relax.
  • During a typical school day, my child follows a regular routine.
  • I hug or kiss my child every day.
  • I respond quickly to my child’s needs.
  • I find it difficult to discipline my child.
  • My child often gets his or her way when we have a conflict.

Rothwell notes: “Adolescents report a significantly worse relationship with their parent when they get their way in conflicts.” Also, “People who have more pro-marriage attitudes tend to be more effective parents.”

Learn what is the best style of parenting and which parents have better outcomes for their children: liberals or conservatives, by watching the full interview on Locals. You can watch the first part of the interview on YouTube, Bitchute, or Odysee.

Deflecting the Blame

By Faith Hakesley at “Ask a Survivor”

A few weeks ago, I commented that the work of Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, head of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, was nauseating.

One book in particular, The Mystical Passion, that was published back in 1998 and subsequently removed from publication, created quite a stir with its mystical/erotic themes and graphic sexual language. Fernández’s latest response to concerns brought up by clerical abuse survivors is just as nauseating. He is still deflecting the blame.

Fernández stated that his controversial book is “by current standards…inconvenient.” It “did not have the usefulness” he had hoped it would.

In other words, Fernández is like a kid who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar — but it’s not his fault. His “ultra conservative” sibling is to blame.

Yes, he actually went there. Fernández blames ultra-conservative Catholics for using his book against him because they don’t accept him.

Let’s be clear on this: the issue of sexual inappropriateness is neither a conservative nor a liberal issue. Some things are just wrong regardless of what side of politics or tradition you fall on.