Parenting Practicals

Look Around the Mirror

My family is definitely not perfect, and I had rebellious teens – although I really don’t think there is a perfect family, just those who hide the chaos better than others.

My two oldest sons are 18 months apart in age but as opposites as you could ever imagine. Lets just say one is now an engineer and the other an art major. They were head to head, toe-to-toe, and sometimes throw-to-throw in their teenage years.

Some of the best advice I have ever received for helping guide my crazy teen boys came from a family friend who also happened to be a priest. He took his hand, palm open and put it right up to his nose.

He said, “This is a mirror and part of being a teen is looking in that mirror and finding out who you are. It’s part of becoming an adult. Unfortunately, that also means that…

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Kate Mims

Kate Mims is the mom of three boys. She was married for 30 years until in 2015 her husband, Deacon Mike Mims, passed away unexpectedly in a crash. Kate has been volunteering with Life Teen in her parish, Saint Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands Texas for over a decade. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Life Teen International. Kate was blessed to be born a Catholic, but through her husband’s conversion she was able to attend RCIA and later the Seminary with him. During this time she learned to love her faith. She is absolutely certain that what Socrates said about the world is true about her Catholic faith, “The more you learn the less you know.”