Catholic Parenting: Connection, not Perfection (with Beth Sri)

How do we navigate the anxieties and pressures that come with parenting? Beth Sri joins Dr. Sri for an honest conversation about the challenges of parenting, particularly when you’re trying to raise your kids in the Catholic Faith. Together, they share valuable insights and advice to help you parent from the Lord’s peace rather than from a place of fear and anxiety. ​

Snippet from the Show

“Connection is more important than perfection.”


4 Stages of Parenting (Dr. Andrew Sodergren)

  • Caregiving stage (0-7 years, ensuring the survival of your child)
  • Caretaking stage (7-12 years, giving your child more autonomy and freedom to explore)
  • Coaching stage (teenage years, challenging and supporting your child)
  • Consulting stage (adult years, being available to offer advice when needed)

Tips for Parenting

  • Recognize that the desire to be a good parent is a huge win! God sees this desire and it pleases his heart.
  • Don’t be afraid to take a minute to regulate your emotions when having a tough conversation with your child. Ensure your emotions are regulated before trying to help your child regulate their feelings.
  • Vulnerability is key. If parenting struggles bring up wounds and insecurities in your own story, be sure to bring this realization to prayer. Don’t be afraid to be honest with Jesus.
  • Seek advice from people you trust if you’re feeling stuck.

Upcoming Events List

  • April 15: St. Joseph Catholic Church – Golden CO
  • Apr 19-20: Diocesan Eucharistic Congress – Altoona-Johnstown PA
  • Apr 27-May 5: Rome Pilgrimage
  • May 17-18: Married Couples Retreat with Beth – Irondale AL
  • June 20-23: St. Patrick Catholic Church – Summer Summit – London, England
  • June 23-July 1: Rome Pilgrimage
  • July 18-20: 2024 National Eucharistic Congress – Indianapolis IN
  • Aug 10: Discipleship Conference – Oklahoma City OK
  • Aug 23-24: Diocesan Faith Formation Conference – Tulsa OK
  • Sept 13: St. Laurence Catholic Church Parish Mission – Sugarland TX
  • Sept 16-18: Priest convocation – Springfield IL
  • Sept 21: 2024 Annual Meeting and Investiture of the Northern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem – Denver CO
  • Oct 3 : Diocese of Harrisburg Annual Priest Workshop – Hunt Valley MD
  • Oct 5: McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast – Chicago IL
  • Nov 16: Women of Christ 16th Annual Conference – Brookfield, WI


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Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.

Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri.  Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.

Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.

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